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Hamlin Dominates Darlington XFINITY Race

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, September 6 2015
Denny Hamlin emerged as the winner of Saturday's XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Rusty Jarrett )

Denny Hamlin emerged as the winner of Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Rusty Jarrett )

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Denny Hamlin led 117 of 147 laps in winning Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway.

The win was Hamlin’s third of the season, his fourth at Darlington and the 20th of his career. All three of his victories this season have come from the pole.

Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Kyle Busch finished second while a third teammate, Daniel Suarez, finished third.

Suarez led the field once for 14 laps before Hamlin took the lead for the final three circuits to the checkered flag.

Suarez secured a $100,000 bonus as the top finisher among eligible series regulars in the final XFINITY Dash 4 Cash event of the season.

“This race track was something brand new for me,” Suarez said, “something very different than everything I have raced before and I feel like I leave this historic place with a third-place finish and the Dash 4 Cash – this is just really good.”

Chris Buescher ran fifth and extended his series lead to 29 points over Ty Dillon, who finished 15th, and 35 over Elliott, who came home 24th, three laps down, after his engine soured late in the race.

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  1. (1) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 147, $53679.
  2. (36) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 147, $32435.
  3. (2) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 147, $32251.
  4. (9) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 147, $21878.
  5. (10) Chris Buescher, Ford, 147, $28698.
  6. (4) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 147, $18464.
  7. (3) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 147, $17790.
  8. (19) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 147, $23854.
  9. (8) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 147, $23555.
  10. (14) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 147, $24227.
  11. (24) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 147, $23099.
  12. (12) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 146, $23024.
  13. (6) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 146, $22973.
  14. (15) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 146, $22922.
  15. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 146, $23271.
  16. (11) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 146, $22745.
  17. (18) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 146, $22694.
  18. (26) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 146, $22643.
  19. (21) Cale Conley #, Toyota, 146, $22593.
  20. (16) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 145, $23017.
  21. (20) Parker Kligerman, Chevrolet, 145, $22666.
  22. (25) David Starr, Toyota, 145, $22410.
  23. (17) Ryan Reed, Ford, 145, $22359.
  24. (7) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 144, $23284.
  25. (5) Paul Menard(i), Chevrolet, 144, $16156.
  26. (23) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 144, $22157.
  27. (22) Blake Koch, Toyota, 143, $22106.
  28. (33) Eric McClure, Toyota, 142, $22031.
  29. (28) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 141, $21995.
  30. (32) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 141, $22254.
  31. (31) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 138, $21899.
  32. (30) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 134, $21854.
  33. (35) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, Vibration, 83, $21828.
  34. (38) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Suspension, 82, $21807.
  35. (34) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Brakes, 34, $15550.
  36. (27) TJ Bell(i), Toyota, Clutch, 23, $14039.
  37. (37) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, Accident, 10, $19245.
  38. (29) Jeff Green, Toyota, Suspension, 6, $12039.
  39. (39) Carl Long, Dodge, Suspension, 4, $11039.
  40. (40) Ryan Ellis(i), Ford, Suspension, 1, $10039.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  141.355 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 25 Mins, 14 Secs. Margin of Victory:  2.058 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  2 for 8 laps.

Lead Changes:  7 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Hamlin(i) 1-29; K. Harvick(i) 30-34; D. Hamlin(i) 35-48; K. Harvick(i) 49-50; D. Hamlin(i) 51-121; K. Harvick(i) 122-130; D. Suarez # 131-144; D. Hamlin(i) 145-147.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  D. Hamlin(i) 4 times for 117 laps; K. Harvick(i) 3 times for 16 laps; D. Suarez # 1 time for 14 laps.

Top 10 in Points: C. Buescher – 874; T. Dillon – 845; C. Elliott – 839; R. Smith – 820; E. Sadler – 783; D. Wallace Jr. # – 766; D. Suarez # – 759; B. Scott – 755; B. Gaughan – 736; R. Reed – 652.

 

 

 

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, September 6 2015
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