It was the first victory of the season for Hamlin, the third of his career in Loudon and 30th overall in the Monster Energy Cup Series. Today was just a bonus."Kyle Larson was second and Martin Truex Jr. The position in the playoffs did bring some comfort to Hamlin's crew chief, Long Island native Mike Wheeler, who climbed the ranks as a crew chief in Modified racing."Big sigh of relief," Wheeler said. I think it says that you've got to have a lot of respect for our sport.
It wound up being a great race and that’s all you can ask for.” Erik Jones finished fourth with William Byron coming home as the top regular XFINITY Series driver in fifth.
Hamlin took the lead on an overtime restart and was then passed by Joey Logano before making a cross over move in Turn 4 to retake the lead and the checkered flag.
“I didn’t anticipate the '22' getting back to us like that, but he did and hats off to them and they didn’t have probably the fastest car, but they had great pit stops all day and put themselves in position and then I knew going down the backstretch that he was going to have inside position," Hamlin said.
and causing her ride to spin out in the first place.
The clash was intense -- with Danica grabbing Denny by the chest ...