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RESULTS

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Denny Hamlin

11 |

1

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413

15

42

5

2

Kyle Busch

18 |

4

Running

413

36

35

0

3

Kevin Harvick

4 |

18

Running

413

0

38

0

4

Chase Briscoe

14 |

15

Running

413

2

49

0

5

Christopher Bell

20 |

3

Running

413

0

41

0

6

Tyler Reddick

8 |

8

Running

413

19

50

0

7

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

29

Running

413

0

40

0

8

Michael McDowell

34 |

10

Running

413

0

29

0

9

Kyle Larson

5 |

36

Running

413

51

36

0

10

Alex Bowman

48 |

9

Running

413

0

29

0

11

Harrison Burton

21 |

17

Running

413

0

26

0

12

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

14

Running

413

0

30

0

13

Ty Dillon

42 |

28

Running

413

0

24

0

14

Erik Jones

43 |

25

Running

413

0

31

0

15

Ross Chastain

1 |

22

Running

413

153

48

1

16

Todd Gilliland

38 |

30

Running

413

0

21

0

17

Aric Almirola

10 |

24

Running

412

0

20

0

18

Cody Ware

51 |

33

Running

412

0

19

0

19

BJ McLeod

78 |

31

Running

407

0

18

0

20

Joey Logano

22 |

23

Accident

405

9

27

0

21

Cole Custer

41 |

21

Accident

405

0

20

0

22

Austin Dillon

3 |

16

Accident

405

0

17

0

23

Kaz Grala

50 |

34

Running

400

0

0

0

24

Noah Gragson

16 |

27

Throttle

386

0

0

0

25

Daniel Suárez

99 |

12

Accident

346

36

28

1

26

Chris Buescher

17 |

19

Accident

346

0

14

0

27

Justin Haley

31 |

20

Engine

343

0

10

0

28

Bubba Wallace

23 |

7

DVP

200

1

15

0

29

Ryan Blaney

12 |

11

Accident

195

2

13

0

30

Brad Keselowski

6 |

35

Accident

193

0

7

0

31

Kurt Busch

45 |

2

Accident

191

2

6

0

32

William Byron

24 |

5

Accident

191

1

5

0

33

Chase Elliott

9 |

13

DVP

188

86

14

1

34

Austin Cindric

2 |

6

Accident

145

0

3

0

35

Corey Lajoie

7 |

37

Accident

60

0

2

0

36

Josh Bilicki

77 |

32

Accident

31

0

0

0

37

Ryan Preece

15 |

26

DVP

16

0

0

0

  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    POS1

    LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    Driver badge number 11 |

  • POS 2 | 0.119

    Kyle Busch

    POS2

    0.119

    Kyle Busch

    Driver badge number 18 |

  • POS 3 | 0.665

    Kevin Harvick

    POS3

    0.665

    Kevin Harvick

    Driver badge number 4 |

Denny Hamlin captures first career Coca-Cola 600 victory at Charlotte, prevailing in double overtime

CONCORD, N.C. — Sunday night‘s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway started with Denny Hamlin out front and ended with Denny Hamlin out front.

What happened in between defied belief. And a driver who claimed to thrive in chaos proved to be a man of his word.

Hamlin won the longest race in NASCAR history — 619.5 miles — in two overtimes, beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the finish line by 0.014 seconds.

With the victory — the second this season and the 48th of his career — Hamlin now holds trophies in all three of NASCAR‘s crown-jewel races: the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 and Southern 500. Kevin Harvick is the only other active driver with all three titles.

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Hamlin‘s victory spoiled what could have been one of the most astonishing comebacks in racing history. Kyle Larson started from the rear in a repaired car, suffered three pit-road penalties, a spin off Turn 4 and a fire in his pit stall but — miraculously — was leading the race on the next-to-last lap of regulation when Chase Briscoe spun underneath him while battling for the lead and caused the 17th caution of the night.

A wreck on the first attempt at overtime collected Larson‘s No. 5 Chevrolet and scrambled the running order, leaving Hamlin in the lead on four fresh tires.

“The first half (of the race) was a struggle for all of us,” said Larson, who finished ninth. “I was especially frustrated with myself. To rebound from that and have a shot to win there late was something to be proud of. Our team fought really hard. Happy with that.

“Briscoe was really good, that long run there. Wish we would have just been a little bit better so he never would have got to me, ultimately spin.”

After the second overtime restart, Hamlin and Busch battled side-by-side until Hamlin pulled ahead on Lap 412 of 413, 13 laps beyond the scheduled distance. Busch rallied but couldn‘t get back to Hamlin‘s bumper.

“It’s so special,” Hamlin said. “It’s the last big one that’s not on my résumé. It meant so much.

“Man, we weren’t very good all day. Just got ourselves in the right place at the right time. What a battle there!”

Hamlin, however, was far from the likely winner as the race unfolded. Daniel Suárez arguably had the fastest car. His Trackhouse Racing teammate, Ross Chastain, led 153 laps — more than any other driver.

In the closing stages of regulation, it appeared for all the world Larson and Briscoe would decide the outcome between them, until Briscoe spun as he was attempting to pass the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to the inside.

But in the first attempt at overtime, Austin Dillon‘s bold move on four fresh tires to Larson‘s two went awry off Turn 4, damaging seven cars and setting up Hamlin‘s win in the second overtime.

That was merely the concluding chapter in a five-hour thriller.

On a night that already had seen a surfeit of breathtaking action, Suárez‘s Chevrolet turned sideways on Lap 346 after contact with Briscoe‘s Ford and ignited a four-car wreck that ended with Chris Buescher‘s Ford barrel-rolling five times through the frontstretch infield and landing on its roof.

Buescher climbed from his car uninjured, but a strong run for the Roush Fenway Keselowski driver ended abruptly. So did a remarkable run from Suárez, who had led four times for 38 laps, only to lose spots on every pit stop, with the cars of Hamlin and Joey Logano blocking his egress from pit road.

“I‘m going to be a bit sore tomorrow,” Buescher said after an obligatory trip to the infield care center. “I haven‘t been upside-down in a really long time. The team did a really nice job. We had great speed and had a chance at this thing, it just didn‘t work out.”

The opening laps of the event were an omen of things to come.

How intense was the racing? Here‘s a microcosm: The first lap ended in a dead heat, with Kurt Busch nosing ahead of Hamlin by less than one thousandth of a second. Racing side-by-side with Hamlin, Busch extended his lead to 0.004 seconds on Lap 2 — roughly six inches.

A determined Hamlin regained the top spot on Lap 3, but only by 0.011 seconds. The opening action set the tone for the entire race, which produced 31 lead changes among 13 different drivers.

But what happened at the front of the field was multiplied exponentially by aggressive, close-quarters racing throughout the pack.

On Lap 192 — eight laps short of the halfway point — the close-quarters competition ended badly. In the second turn after a restart following the 10th caution, Ryan Blaney‘s No. 12 Ford hooked the apron with the left-front tire and spun sideways.

That misstep triggered a 13-car wreck that eliminated the contending cars of Blaney, Kurt Busch and William Byron.

“I was tucked up tight behind the 8 (Tyler Reddick), and he was kind of lower than I thought on the frontstretch and kind of ran through the turf, and then got to (Turn) 1 and jerked right,” Blaney said after the wreck. “I think he was up behind the 99 (Suárez) and thinking he was going hit the apron, and I didn‘t have time to kind of get right, and I just kind of hit the apron and got me loose. I hate that other cars got tore up.”

That wreck wouldn‘t be the last. By the end of the race, 17 of the 37 cars that started the event already sat in the garage in various states of disrepair.

Kevin Harvick soldiered to a third-place finish, followed by Briscoe and Christopher Bell. Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell, Larson and Alex Bowman completed the top 10.

The NASCAR Cup Series’ next race is Sunday’s Enjoy Illinois 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM), the circuit’s first event at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis.

Note: Inspection in the Cup Series garage is complete with no issues, confirming Hamlin as the race winner. The Nos. 4, 5, 8 and 20 will be going back to the R&D Center for further inspection.