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Denny Hamlin Wins at Darlington, Martin Truex Jr. Clinches Regular Season Title

04 September 2017, 01:53 | Kristopher Drake

Denny Hamlin Wins at Darlington, Martin Truex Jr. Clinches Regular Season Title


In line with that focus, 17 members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame were recognized during pre-race ceremonies, including honorary pace vehicle driver Bill Elliott, one of the most successful drivers in Darlington Raceway history. It's his second win so far this season.

A day earlier, Darlington dedicated three luxury seating areas to one of Earnhardt Jr.'s former teammates, Jeff Gordon, the four-time champion who retired two years ago, although he drove at Darlington last summer for an injured Dale Jr.

"Our package just didn't have the speed for qualifying", Earnhardt said.

"I think that it's paying off, and hopefully it pays off 11, 12 races from now".

Stage 3: It turned into a three-man battle at the end between Truex Jr., Hamlin and Busch. If he starts from the pole, the rest of the field has little chance.

With his win in the Xfinity Series race Saturday, Hamlin swept both major races at Darlington Raceway this weekend.

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So Hamlin started the comeback. He's finished first or second the last eight times he raced in NASCAR's Triple-A series at Darlington. But Hamlin slowly reeled him in and passed him when Truex brushed the wall and got a flat tire.

Stage 1: Kyle Larson led for 78 of the first 100 laps, but he couldn't hang on against Truex Jr., who came from behind to take his 16th stage this season. Hamlin has had a good year at the tracks he's traditionally done well at this year, so look for that to continue tonight. The race for the title tightened significantly with one race left, the GoPro Grand Prix Sonoma 500 on September 17, when points are double. "Glad we were able to clear him coming out of (turn) four or it could've been a lot more exciting". Busch is now fourth in the NASCAR playoff standings, with Denny Hamlin right behind him in fifth place. And, could the victor be a series first time victor? Restarts were single file with lapped cars on the inside and cars on the lead lap on the outside.

TRUCKS: Austin Cindic spun out leader Kaz Grala on the final lap and went on to his first career victory in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. "It wound up being a great race and that's all you can ask for". With just over two laps left, Hamlin was closing fast, as Truex was fighting to maintain control of his vehicle on worn-out rubber. Darlington, a track where he has a 9.5 average finish over the past two races, is a flawless place to show off. Kahne also led 23 laps here in 2015 before wrecking out, showing he has speed here with Hendrick Motorsports even during a down cycle for his career.

"You say, 'All right, I've got this thing as long as there isn't another caution, ' and, of course, there was", Logano said.

Austin Dillon has had an bad season aside from his surprise Coca-Cola 600 victory. Sadler remained in the points lead despite the late accident that saw him finish 33.

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