Denny Hamlin Wins Hisense 300 In Overtime At Charlotte Motor Speedwayby Camille Jones May 28, 2016 0 comments
CONCORD, N.C. – Denny Hamlin claimed the victory in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after a late race caution set the field up for an overtime finish.
This marks his first victory in the series in 2016. He only has one start this season. Hamlin led 75 laps of the total 206 laps raced in Saturday’s event.
“I was hoping for that caution there at the end and we got it and we were able to get four tires on this Hisense Camry and took off,” Hamlin said. “A little closer than what I thought – I mean, we were just really tight those last couple laps, but what a great day.”
Hamlin’s crew put four new tires on the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Hisense Toyota just before overtime, setting him up to restart sixth after a pit penalty on lap 160 took him out of position at the front of the field. It was from there, that the fresher tires allowed him to go three-wide with the leaders on the outside, before making the pass through the middle to take the lead from restart-leader, Kyle Larson.
Austin Dillon, driver of the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet, took two tires on his final pit stop during the caution prior to the final restart. Surging forward through the field on fresher tires, he was able to claim a second place finish. This was Dillon’s ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
Joey Logano, driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Discount Tire Ford, came up empty handed at the end of the day after staying out on the final restart. Larson, driver of the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet suffered the same fate in the final laps after staying out to maintain the lead position. Logano was able to hold on for a third place finish, while Larson made contact with the wall on the final lap while battling for the lead, sending him back to sixth. The two drivers combined led over half of the laps raced in Saturday’s event.
Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier finished fourth and fifth. Rounding out the top-10 was Kyle Larson, Brandon Jones, Ty Dillon, Brennan Poole and Brendan Gaughan.
With the a 12th place finish, Daniel Suarez now leads the championship point standings by 14 over Elliott Sadler. Justin Allgaier is third, 23 points back.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to competition on Saturday, June 4 at Pocono Raceway. Race coverage for the Pocono Green 250 will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 1 p.m.
Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas