Hamlin wins under yellow at Talladega

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Monday 5th May, 2014 - 8:39am

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Hamlin celebrates at Talladega

Hamlin celebrates at Talladega

Denny Hamlin has won an action-packed Aaron’s 499 at Talladega after many of the stars took big hits on the Superspeedway.

Hamlin’s first win at the famed Alabama track also marks him as the eighth different winner in 2014.

Since placing second in the season-opening Daytona 500, Hamlin had just one other top-10 finish (sixth at Bristol) in the first nine Sprint Cup Series races of the year.

He beat home Greg Biffle as the caution flew as the leaders had just started the final lap for debris after an accident mid-pack at the start/finish involving Justin Allgaier.

Joey Logano, already a two-time winner this season, was also strong early, leading 25 of the first 52 laps.

However, he was towed to the garage after being collected by a wreck on the 175th lap involving Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kurt Busch, David Ragan, Michael McDowell and Reed Sorenson.

Early in the day, a three-wide battle for the lead resulted in Brad Keselowski wrecking onto the apron after a nudge from the No. 10 of Danica Patrick.

Plenty of Aussie support for Ambrose's team

Plenty of Aussie support for Ambrose’s team

Keselowski’s car also touched off a 14-car wreck with 50 laps to go in the race. Frontrunners Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and pole-winner Brian Scott were among the drivers collected.

“I just spun out in front of the whole field,” Keselowski said. “I don’t know why, if I just busted my butt on my own or lost a tire, but I feel bad for everyone that got torn up.”

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose was in the mix and even led the race at one stage.

He decided to drop back with around 40 laps to run and cool the engine for a final blast.

Although he was either in front or well out of the way of the wrecks, Ambrose was caught out of position when the late cautions flew and re-packed the field.

Ambrose tried to hook-up with his Richard Petty Motorsports team-mate Aric Almirola on the final two-lap dash but they got separated.

The final caution after the white flag ruined any further hopes to move forward.

VIDEO: Hamlin takes the win at Talladega

VIDEO: The big one triggered by Keselowski

 RESULTS: Aaron’s 499 – Talladega Superspeedway

POS  Car #  Driver  Make  Start Pos.  Laps  Laps Led  Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 34 188 12 Running 47 4
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 35 188 58 Running 44 2
3 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 27 188 0 Running 41 0
4 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 18 188 6 Running 41 1
5 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 3 188 0 Running 39 0
6 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 2 188 10 Running 39 1
7 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 8 188 15 Running 38 1
8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 42 188 0 Running 36 0
9 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 29 188 0 Running 35 0
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 25 188 0 Running 34 0
11 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 41 188 1 Running 0 0
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 19 188 1 Running 33 1
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 188 0 Running 31 0
14 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 4 188 3 Running 31 1
15 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 5 188 0 Running 29 0
16 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 17 188 0 Running 28 0
17 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 43 188 0 Running 27 0
18 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 6 188 1 Running 27 1
19 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26 188 3 Running 26 1
20 98 Josh Wise Ford 36 188 0 Running 24 0
21 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 31 188 0 Running 23 0
22 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 7 188 6 Running 23 1
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 20 188 2 Running 22 1
24 32 Terry Labonte Ford 37 188 0 Running 20 0
25 66 Michael Waltrip Toyota 28 188 0 Running 19 0
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 30 188 26 Running 19 1
27 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 38 188 0 Running 17 0
28 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 33 187 0 Accident 16 0
29 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 32 187 0 Running 15 0
30 99 Carl Edwards Ford 10 182 6 Accident 15 1
31 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 24 182 0 Accident 13 0
32 22 Joey Logano Ford 16 174 25 Accident 13 1
33 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 9 174 0 Accident 11 0
34 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 22 174 1 Accident 11 1
35 34 David Ragan Ford 39 174 1 Accident 10 1
36 95 Michael McDowell Ford 14 174 1 Accident 9 1
37 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 21 171 1 Running 8 1
38 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 13 160 1 Running 7 1
39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 11 156 1 Running 6 1
40 38 David Gilliland Ford 40 150 1 Engine 5 1
41 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 23 136 6 Accident 0 0
42 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 1 136 0 Accident 0 0
43 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 12 136 0 Accident 1 0

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 347 Leader 10 0 4 7 0
2 Matt Kenseth 344 -3 10 0 3 7 0
3 Kyle Busch 342 -5 10 1 3 5 0
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 328 -19 10 1 5 6 1
5 Carl Edwards 328 -19 10 1 2 5 1
6 Joey Logano 305 -42 10 2 5 5 2
7 Jimmie Johnson 303 -44 10 0 3 5 0
8 Greg Biffle 300 -47 10 0 2 4 0
9 Ryan Newman 298 -49 10 0 0 4 0
10 Brian Vickers 297 -50 10 0 2 4 0
11 Brad Keselowski 294 -53 10 1 4 4 0
12 Denny Hamlin 292 -55 9 1 2 3 0
13 Kyle Larson 285 -62 10 0 2 5 1
14 Austin Dillon 281 -66 10 0 0 1 0
15 A J Allmendinger 279 -68 10 0 1 3 0
16 Marcos Ambrose 269 -78 10 0 2 2 0
17 Paul Menard 265 -82 10 0 1 5 0
18 Clint Bowyer 261 -86 10 0 1 3 2
19 Kevin Harvick 258 -89 10 2 2 4 2
20 Kasey Kahne 251 -96 10 0 0 3 1
21 Casey Mears 244 -103 10 0 0 1 0
22 Tony Stewart 244 -103 10 0 2 4 1
23 Aric Almirola 244 -103 10 0 1 2 2
24 Jamie McMurray 241 -106 10 0 0 2 1
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 216 -131 10 0 1 3 0
26 Martin Truex Jr. 210 -137 10 0 0 1 1
27 Kurt Busch 196 -151 10 1 2 2 4
28 Justin Allgaier 190 -157 10 0 0 0 1
29 Danica Patrick 176 -171 10 0 0 0 1
30 David Gilliland 152 -195 10 0 0 0 1
31 Michael Annett 143 -204 10 0 0 0 2
32 Alex Bowman 132 -215 10 0 0 0 2
33 David Ragan 131 -216 10 0 0 0 1
34 Reed Sorenson 131 -216 10 0 0 0 3
35 Cole Whitt 131 -216 10 0 0 0 1
36 Josh Wise 119 -228 9 0 0 0 0
37 Ryan Truex 77 -270 8 0 0 0 2
38 Travis Kvapil 72 -275 8 0 0 0 0
39 Parker Kligerman 54 -293 8 0 0 0 4
40 Michael McDowell 49 -298 6 0 0 0 3
41 Terry Labonte 45 -302 2 0 0 0 0
42 David Reutimann 37 -310 3 0 0 0 0
43 Bobby Labonte 29 -318 1 0 0 0 0
44 Jeff Burton 27 -320 1 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 23 -324 2 0 0 0 1
46 David Stremme 22 -325 3 0 0 0 1
47 Timmy Hill 7 -340 2 0 0 0 1
48 Dave Blaney 4 -343 2 0 0 0 2
49 Trevor Bayne 4 0 0 0 2
50 Blake Koch 1 0 0 0 0
51 Landon Cassill 8 0 0 0 0
52 Sam Hornish Jr 1 0 0 0 0
53 J.J. Yeley 1 0 0 0 1
54 Brian Scott 4 0 0 0 1
55 Morgan Shepherd 1 0 0 0 1
56 Joe Nemechek 6 0 0 0 2
57 Eric McClure 0 0 0 0 0