Hamlin wins in Loudon to break Gibbs drought

Monday 17th July, 2017 - 9:41am

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For the first time in 2017 Denny Hamlin wins

Denny Hamlin has ended his and Joe Gibbs Racing’s 2017 winless streak with a classy drive to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Hamlin led 54 of 301 laps to take the chequered flag of the Overton’s 301 with a fast-finishing Kyle Larson keeping him honest over the closing stages.

Hamlin also ended a 28-race winless streak dating back to last September at Richmond Raceway.

“I was doing everything I could to pace,” said Hamlin.

“I knew he (Larson) had a really fast car. The backup car put us behind the eight-ball, but it’s impressive to win a race like this.”

Larson’s efforts can’t be underplayed as he started last in the 39-car field. He was on pole, but his car failed post-qualifying inspection for an unapproved part.

After winning Stage 1, Martin Truex Jr. led a race-high 137 laps from pole, but was shuffled back to a third-place finish. He avoided major trouble when he punctured a right-front tyre just when the final pit window came open.

Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

Kyle Busch led twice for 95 laps and prevailed in Stage 2, but was dropped back in the running order by two separate pit road speeding penalties. He came home in 12th.

Aric Almirola finished 24th — last car on the lead lap — in his first event since breaking his back in a May 13 crash at Kansas Speedway.

The race was briefly red-flagged during the first stage intermission for parts of the track surface breaking up in Turns 3 and 4.

Although the race did not have any major crashes, the notable incident occurred to Joey Logano who broke the rear-end of his car.

Team Penske confirmed a broken track bar, but NASCAR officials also confiscated the truck arm to inspect during the week. He remains winless so far in 2017.

NASCAR next goes racing this coming weekend for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Hamlin speaks after the race

RESULTS:  Overton’s 301 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Pos # Driver Make Laps Laps Led
1 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 301 54
2 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 301 1
3 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 301 137
4 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 301 4
5 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 301  0
6 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 301  0
7 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 301  0
8 41  Kurt Busch Ford 301  0
9 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 301  0
10 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 301  0
11 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 301  0
12 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 301 95
13 10  Danica Patrick Ford 301  0
14 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 301  0
15 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 301  0
16 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 301  0
17 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 301  0
18 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 301 10
19 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 301  0
20 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 301  0
21 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 301  0
22 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 301  0
23 34  Landon Cassill Ford 301  0
24 43  Aric Almirola Ford 301  0
25 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 300  0
26 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 300  0
27 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 300  0
28 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 300  0
29 38  David Ragan Ford 300  0
30 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 299  0
31 23  Corey Lajoie Toyota 298  0
32 83  Ryan Sieg Toyota 298  0
33 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 297  0
34 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 296  0
35 55  Gray Gaulding Toyota 295  0
36 51  Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 290  0
37 22  Joey Logano Ford 269  0
38 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 66  0
39 77  Erik Jones Toyota 40  0

 

STANDINGS 

Pos
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Martin Truex Jr.
758
Leader
3
19
7
13
1
2
Kyle Larson
720
-38
2
19
9
12
3
3
Kyle Busch
650
-108
0
19
7
10
3
4
Kevin Harvick
639
-119
1
19
7
12
3
5
Denny Hamlin
589
-169
1
19
6
10
0
6
Chase Elliott
587
-171
0
19
6
11
1
7
Jamie McMurray
572
-186
0
19
2
11
0
8
Brad Keselowski
564
-194
2
19
9
12
1
9
Jimmie Johnson
552
-206
3
19
3
7
0
10
Clint Bowyer
526
-232
0
19
4
8
0
11
Matt Kenseth
524
-234
0
19
4
7
1
12
Ryan Blaney
486
-272
1
19
3
7
1
13
Joey Logano
472
-286
1
19
7
10
1
14
Kurt Busch
455
-303
1
19
2
9
0
15
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
441
-317
2
19
4
7
1
16
Ryan Newman
428
-330
1
19
3
6
0
17
Erik Jones
427
-331
0
19
1
5
0
18
Daniel Suarez
404
-354
0
19
0
5
0
19
Trevor Bayne
369
-389
0
19
0
2
0
20
Austin Dillon
363
-395
1
19
2
2
0
21
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
351
-407
0
19
1
4
1
22
Kasey Kahne
343
-415
0
19
2
3
0
23
Paul Menard
324
-434
0
19
2
3
0
24
Ty Dillon
322
-436
0
19
0
0
0
25
Michael McDowell
286
-472
0
19
1
1
0
26
Chris Buescher
283
-475
0
19
0
1
0
27
AJ Allmendinger
275
-483
0
19
1
3
0
28
Danica Patrick
254
-504
0
19
0
1
0
29
David Ragan
250
-508
0
19
0
2
0
30
Matt DiBenedetto
203
-555
0
19
0
1
0
31
Landon Cassill
203
-555
0
19
0
0
0
32
Aric Almirola
201
-557
0
12
2
3
0
33
Cole Whitt
188
-570
0
19
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
130
-628
0
16
0
0
0
35
Reed Sorenson
91
-667
0
16
0
0
0
36
Gray Gaulding
86
-672
0
15
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
78
-680
0
18
0
0
0
38
Michael Waltrip
29
-729
0
1
0
1
0
39
Derrike Cope
26
-732
0
9
0
0
0
40
Billy Johnson
15
-743
0
1
0
0
0
41
Boris Said
8
-750
0
1
0
0
0
42
Alon Day
5
-753
0
1
0
0
0
43
Kevin O’Connell
4
-754
0
1
0
0
0
44
Cody Ware
4
-754
0
3
0
0
0
45
Tommy Regan
3
-755
0
1
0
0
0
46
D.J. Kennington
2
-756
0
2
0
0
0
47
Brendan Gaughan
0
-758
0
3
0
1
0
48
Darrell Wallace Jr.
0
-758
0
4
0
0
0
49
Elliott Sadler
0
-758
0
3
0
0
0
50
Ross Chastain
0
-758
0
1
0
0
0
51
Joey Gase
0
-758
0
3
0
0
0
52
Regan Smith
0
-758
0
2
0
0
0
53
Ryan Sieg
0
-758
0
5
0
0
0
54
JJ Yeley
0
-758
0
2
0
0
0
55
Timmy Hill
0
-758
0
11
0
0
0
56
Carl Long
0
-758
0
1
0
0
0
57
B.J. McLeod
0
-758
0
1
0
0
0
58
Josh Bilicki
0
-758
0
2
0
0
0