Denny Hamlin Wins at Kansas
Kansas City, Kans. — Denny Hamlin picked up his second win of the season at Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Hamlin was able to get by the dominant Martin Truex, Jr. with 30 laps to go to get to victory lane.
“We kind of hung around in the top five all day, and at the end, we just kind of make our charge, make our run,” Hamlin said. “There were some things that had to happen … and those things happened.”
For the second week in a row the cup series didn’t waste much time under caution, with only three caution flags in the 400 miles.
Martin Truex, Jr. looked like the man to beat all afternoon by leading 173 of the 267 laps in the STP 400. Even with the second place finish Truex is pleased with his team’s improvements.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s a little bit frustrating to be honest, but overall a good day for the NAPA team,” Truex said. “I guess if we can be this disappointed with second it shows how far we’ve come as a race team.”
Greg Biffle had another top five finish and held on to the points lead (15) over second place Martin Truex Jr. Matt Kenseth dropped to third place and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dropped one postition to fourth. With the win, Denny Hamlin holds on to fifth place in the point standings.
Hamlin holds the distinction of being the final winner at Kansas Speedway in the current configuration. Before Hamlin left Victory Lane, heavy equipment was on the track to begin the extreme makeover that will turn Kansas Speedway into a variable banked track with a road course in the infield. The immediate start on the construction was necessary so that the work can be done for a testing session in September.
Next up for the Sprint Cup Series is the short track confines of Richmond International Raceway under the lights next Saturday night.
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