Hamlin Wins at Kansas


Denny Hamlin won the Super Start Batteries 400 from Kansas Speedway on Thursday night for his fifth win of the season.

Hamlin had a fast car throughout the night, but had to chase down Kevin Harvick following the final restart.  After pulling away, Brad Keselowski slowly reeled Hamlin back in.

Hamlin was able to hold off Keselowski over the final 12 laps to pick up his second-consecutive Kansas victory.

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Hamlin said he was able to make his car work where Harvick’s couldn’t to get the win.

“I saw [Harvick] getting loose,” Hamlin said.  “Usually when you’re loose, you aren’t able to run up high, and that was the benefit for us to be able to get that momentum going.”

Hamlin said he feels he has a perfect team that can help him win any weekend.

“We can win any given week and that’s something that’s really hard to come by,” Hamlin said.  “I don’t know if we had the best car; we definitely had a Top 3 car all day, but just went and got it there at the end.”

Keselowski took four tires during the final caution while Hamlin only took two, but Keselowski ran out of laps to chase Hamlin down.

Keselowski said the Joe Gibbs Racing cars were too good on restarts, which ended up being the difference.

“We were pretty equal; [Hamlin] had two tires, I had four tires, but he was just really strong on restarts,” Keselowski said.  “He and the Gibbs cars could pull everybody by about a car length on the restarts, and they did a great job taking advantage of it.”

“Thought [we were] even on the racetrack, just a little bit behind on the restarts.”

Unofficial results:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Erik Jones
  6. Aric Almirola
  7. Cole Custer
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. William Byron
  11. Kyle Busch
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. Tyler Reddick
  14. Clint Bowyer
  15. Ty Dillon
  16. Michael McDowell
  17. Matt Kenseth
  18. Daniel Suarez
  19. John Hunter Nemechek
  20. Ryan Blaney
  21. Corey LaJoie
  22. JJ Yeley
  23. Christopher Bell
  24. Quin Houff
  25. Josh Bilicki
  26. Garrett Smithley
  27. Austin Dillon
  28. Ryan Newman
  29. Joey Gase
  30. Brennan Poole
  31. Reed Sorenson
  32. Jimmie Johnson
  33. Chris Buescher
  34. Ryan Preece
  35. Joey Logano
  36. Matt DiBenedetto
  37. Bubba Wallace
  38. Timmy Hill
  39. BJ McLeod
  40. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.