Denny Hamlin held off Brad Keselowski at Kansas to win for the fifth time this season, turning into the driving force with probably the most wins in 2020.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who had already led 44 laps earlier within the race, overtook Kevin Harvick with solely 13 to go to take the lead for the ultimate time. At that time, it regarded just like the three-time Daytona 500 winner was in management, however he nonetheless needed to fend off a late-race problem from Brad Keselowski. Regardless of having a quicker automobile on the finish, Keselowski wasn’t in a position to get shut sufficient to make a transfer.
The win on Thursday night time isn’t solely Denny Hamlin’s second consecutive win at Kansas, but in addition his fifth of the season, which makes him the driving force with probably the most journeys to victory lane in 2020. It’s also Hamlin’s 42nd profession win and comes after a troublesome stretch of races for the #11 workforce, which, regardless of its current success, had completed the final three races outdoors of the highest ten.
Though he was quicker than Hamlin within the final ten laps, stage two winner Brad Keselowski needed to accept second place. The Group Penske driver was certainly one of seven drivers who led for greater than 15 laps on Thursday night time (with Hamlin main a race-high 57 laps), however ran out of time on the finish. The 2012 Cup Sequence champion led 30 laps, 14 lower than Martin Truex Jr, who completed in third place.
Polesitter Kevin Harvick misplaced a number of spots within the closing levels, ending fourth. The Stewart-Haas driver was within the decrease half of the highest ten for many of the race, however managed to make his solution to the entrance within the final phase, earlier than an excellent closing restart noticed him overtake each Alex Bowman and William Byron to take the lead with lower than 20 laps to go. Nonetheless, the three-time Kansas winner had a really unfastened automobile on the finish of the race and couldn’t sustain with the drivers who completed within the prime three.
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Erik Jones made it three Joe Gibbs Toyotas within the prime 5. Final 12 months’s Southern 500 winner had an ideal night time at Kansas, gaining a variety of factors on the opposite drivers who’re attempting to make the playoffs. However, Jones continues to be 12 factors beneath the playoff cutline. Aric Almirola got here house sixth to proceed his spectacular run of outcomes, forward of teammate and Kentucky winner Cole Custer.
The most effective Chevrolet driver on the finish of the race, Alex Bowman really lined up first for the ultimate restart, alongside William Byron, with the 2 having modified solely two tires on their closing journey to pit street. Nonetheless, neither of them had been in a position to maintain off the drivers who spent the vast majority of the race battling for the win. Bowman completed in eighth place and Byron rounded out the highest ten.
Kyle Busch, who received stage one and led 52 laps, wound up 11th after hitting the wall within the final phase. Regardless of that mistake, the Cup Sequence champion had certainly one of his greatest races of the season, scoring his first playoff level. Ryan Blaney was additionally within the combine late on however a flat tire took him out of rivalry, whereas Penske teammate Joey Logano crashed out after main early on.
The Tremendous Begin Batteries 400 had 11 cautions and was red-flagged as a consequence of a scary accident on Lap 172, that concerned Ryan Newman, Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher and Ryan Preece, whose automobile hit the within barrier and virtually landed on its roof. Preece walked away unscathed.
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- Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing/Toyota)
- Brad Keselowski (Group Penske/Ford)
- Martin Truex Jr. (Joe Gibbs Racing/Toyota)
- Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing/Ford)
- Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing/Toyota)
- Aric Almirola (Stewart-Haas Racing/Ford)
- Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing/Ford)
- Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports/Chevrolet)
- Kurt Busch (Chip Ganassi Racing/Chevrolet)
- William Byron (Hendrick Motorsports/Chevrolet)