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Hamlin Wins XFINITY Race; Dillon Cries Foul

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, July 18 2015
Denny Hamlin takes the checkered flag in Saturday's XFINITY Series race in New Hampshire. (RacinToday/HHP photo)

Denny Hamlin takes the checkered flag in Saturday’s XFINITY Series race in New Hampshire. (RacinToday/HHP photo)

Denny Hamlin finished Saturday afternoon’s XFINITY Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a trophy and a new enemy.

Hamlin won the Lakes Region 200 in Loudon in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota but he left the track with fellow driver Austin Dillon crying foul and hinting at revenge.

On Lap 179 of 200, Hamlin went to the inside of Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to make a pass. In doing so, Hamlin slid up the track into Dillon as he took the lead.

From there, he held off Dillon and hung on to get the victory and the enmity.

“He got to me,” Dillon said, “and I figured he was going to race, but he never even wanted to,” Dillon said. “He wrecked his teammate and then proceeded to try and wreck me, and if I had gotten back to him, it would have happened to him.

“What is racing, if you can’t race side-by-side for more than a corner? He never even went through a corner with me, the whole race. He didn’t want to. He just moved me. Missed the corner. Wrecked me.

“I’m fine with racing rough. I promise you, I can do it to anybody. But if we’re going to race like that, I need to know before you get to the first corner. Give me a corner at least.”

Dillon indicated there might be some payback.

“I’m not going to talk about it,” Dillon said. “He won’t be ready.”

Hamlin’s reply? “We’ve both got race cars.”

Hamlin also said what happened was just good, hard racing.

“The bottom line is, if you don’t have any air on the outside of you, you just can’t hold it,” Hamlin said. “There was an example of that about three times today … I want to thank ‘Wheels’ (crew chief Mike Wheeler) for giving me the dominant car. We had the best car, and just, wow, what a day.”

He also took a verbal shot at Dillon.

“Well, he jumped the restart, for one,” Hamlin said. “I’m the control car, but that’s fine. Eventually I was going to get back around him anyway. Same thing—I was a fender ahead, and he drove in there knowing that he was going to have to hold me low to hold the position, and I just washed up into him.

“But that’s two guys on a short track racing for the win.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Lakes Region 200

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, New Hampshire

Saturday, July 18, 2015

  1. (1) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 200, $52101.
  2. (6) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200, $32261.
  3. (4) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 200, $27038.
  4. (2) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200, $26186.
  5. (3) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 200, $27768.
  6. (7) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $23909.
  7. (8) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $23253.
  8. (11) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 200, $24948.
  9. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200, $23720.
  10. (13) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 200, $23494.
  11. (10) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200, $22467.
  12. (14) Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 199, $22341.
  13. (21) Ryan Reed, Ford, 199, $22188.
  14. (20) Chris Buescher, Ford, 199, $21935.
  15. (19) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 199, $22209.
  16. (15) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 199, $21681.
  17. (17) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 199, $21755.
  18. (28) Eric McClure, Toyota, 198, $21402.
  19. (23) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, $21352.
  20. (16) Blake Koch, Toyota, 198, $21802.
  21. (25) Cale Conley #, Toyota, 198, $21200.
  22. (24) David Starr, Toyota, 198, $21144.
  23. (18) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 198, $21093.
  24. (26) Dylan Lupton, Chevrolet, 198, $21028.
  25. (27) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 197, $21142.
  26. (31) Peyton Sellers #, Chevrolet, 195, $20957.
  27. (36) Derek White, Dodge, 195, $20921.
  28. (33) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Clutch, 174, $20885.
  29. (5) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, Engine, 165, $20850.
  30. (35) Todd Peck(i), Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 156, $21115.
  31. (37) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Brakes, 111, $20779.
  32. (38) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, Brakes, 98, $14744.
  33. (29) Matt Wallace, Toyota, Vibration, 84, $14723.
  34. (12) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Brakes, 46, $20703.
  35. (40) Matt Frahm, Chevrolet, Brakes, 42, $14651.
  36. (34) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Brakes, 40, $13234.
  37. (22) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, Accident, 36, $18234.
  38. (39) Josh Reaume #, Dodge, Brakes, 24, $11234.
  39. (32) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, Engine, 16, $16234.
  40. (30) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 3, $9234.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  98.342 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 09 Mins, 06 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.516 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 38 laps.

Lead Changes:  12 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Hamlin(i) 0; K. Busch(i) 1-22; B. Keselowski(i) 23-39; D. Lupton 40-42; D. Hamlin(i) 43-44; K. Busch(i) 45-47; D. Hamlin(i) 48-119; B. Scott 120-121; A. Dillon(i) 122-123; D. Wallace Jr. # 124; D. Hamlin(i) 125-173; A. Dillon(i) 174-178; D. Hamlin(i) 179-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  D. Hamlin(i) 4 times for 145 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 25 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 1 time for 17 laps; A. Dillon(i) 2 times for 7 laps; D. Lupton 1 time for 3 laps; B. Scott 1 time for 2 laps; D. Wallace Jr. # 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: C. Buescher – 623; C. Elliott – 592; T. Dillon – 585; R. Smith – 564; E. Sadler – 555; D. Wallace Jr. # – 547; D. Suarez # – 516; B. Gaughan – 506; R. Reed – 502; B. Scott – 494.

 

 

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, July 18 2015
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