Denny Hamlin wins STP 400 in Kansas

Denny Hamlin wins Kansas

Denny Hamlin has scored his second victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season winning the STP 400 in Kansas.

Taking advantage of changing conditions, Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr. over the final 30 laps to score his first win at the 1.5-mile track and the 19th of his career.

Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Roush Fenway Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle. Truex moved into second place in the Sprint Cup Series standings behind Biffle, who leads by 15 points.

After a late round of green-flag pit stops put all the contending cars on the same sequence, the sun broke through the clouds for the first time all afternoon and changed the complexion of the race.

To that point, Truex had been dominant, having led 173 laps, but the changing conditions made Truex’s Toyota loose and Hamlin passed him for the lead on Lap 237 of 267.

As clouds covered the sun once again, however, Truex began to close on Hamlin and widen his advantage over Johnson. With 10 laps left, Truex trailed Hamlin by .772 seconds. Five laps later, Truex had closed to .489 seconds behind.

Truex tried to dive beneath Hamlin in Turn 3 twice in the final three laps but couldn’t make the pass.

After starting 28th, Australia’s Marcos Ambrose finished the race in 16th position.

RESULTS: STP 400

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 47/4 267 Running
2 6 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 44/2 267 Running
3 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s “Chevrolet Mountain Green” 42/1 267 Running
4 18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 41/1 267 Running
5 17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Novec 1230 39/0 267 Running
6 2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 38/0 267 Running
7 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 37/0 267 Running
8 9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 36/0 267 Running
9 21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 36/1 267 Running
10 25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 34/0 267 Running
11 11 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 34/1 267 Running
12 39 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 33/1 267 Running
13 23 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 31/0 267 Running
14 36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 30/0 266 Running
15 3 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 29/0 266 Running
16 28 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 28/0 266 Running
17 14 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 27/0 266 Running
18 19 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Zecol / Menards 26/0 266 Running
19 10 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge SKF 0 266 Running
20 13 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 24/0 265 Running
21 20 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 23/0 264 Running
22 12 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 22/0 264 Running
23 26 43 Aric Almirola Ford STP 21/0 264 Running
24 29 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 20/0 263 Running
25 35 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota BK Tropical Mango Smoothie / Dr Pepper 19/0 263 Running
26 40 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 18/0 263 Running
27 22 38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 17/0 263 Running
28 42 32 Reed Sorenson Ford FAS Lane Racing 0 263 Running
29 16 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 15/0 262 Running
30 27 34 David Ragan Ford Barrett-Jackson 14/0 262 Running
31 31 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 13/0 261 Running
32 1 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge AAA 13/1 257 Running
33 5 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 11/0 255 Engine
34 32 83 Landon Cassill Toyota BK Strawberry Banana Smoothie / Dr Pepper 10/0 214 Running
35 30 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Reese Towpower / Highland 9/0 132 Engine
36 8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 8/0 125 Engine
37 33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 7/0 82 Vibration
38 24 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 6/0 80 Over Heating
39 38 26 Josh Wise * Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 5/0 65 Rear Gear
40 37 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 4/0 58 Over Heating
41 41 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 47 Vibration
42 43 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 27 Brakes
43 34 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 1/0 18 Rear Gear

* Denotes Rookie

STANDINGS : Race 8 of 36

RANK

+/-

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Greg Biffle 312
2 +2 Martin Truex Jr. 297
3 -1 Matt Kenseth 295
4 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 291
5 +1 Denny Hamlin 289
6 -1 Kevin Harvick 287
7 +1 Jimmie Johnson 275
8 -1 Tony Stewart 265
9 +2 Carl Edwards 251
10 -1 Ryan Newman 249
11 -1 Clint Bowyer 227
12 +1 Joey Logano 221
13 +1 Kyle Busch 218
14 -2 Paul Menard 218
15 Brad Keselowski 217
16 +2 Juan Montoya 207
17 -1 Jeff Burton 201
18 -1 Jeff Gordon 200
19 +4 Jamie McMurray 190
20 +2 Aric Almirola 187
21 +3 Marcos Ambrose 187
22 -1 Regan Smith 187
23 -4 AJ Allmendinger 185
24 -4 Mark Martin 181
25 +1 Kurt Busch 174
26 +1 Kasey Kahne 166
27 -2 Bobby Labonte 161
28 Casey Mears 137
29 +1 David Gilliland 126
30 -1 David Ragan 123
31 David Reutimann 121
32 Dave Blaney 111
33 +1 Travis Kvapil 104
34 -1 Landon Cassill 101
35 +2 J.J. Yeley 73
36 David Stremme 69
37 -2 Brian Vickers 66
38 +1 Michael McDowell 51
39 -1 Brendan Gaughan 50
40 Ken Schrader 47
41 Tony Raines 35
42 +1 Josh Wise* 31
43 -1 Terry Labonte 27
44 Hermie Sadler 13
45 Scott Riggs 13
46 Robby Gordon 6
47 Scott Speed 1
48 Trevor Bayne 0
49 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
50 -1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
51 -1 Mike Bliss 0
52 -1 Elliott Sadler 0
53 Reed Sorenson 0
54 -2 Joe Nemechek 0
55 -1 Danica Patrick 0
56 -1 Timmy Hill 0
57 -1 Michael Waltrip 0
58 -1 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
59 Stacy Compton 0
60 -2 Bill Elliott 0
61 -1 Mike Wallace 0
62 -1 Kenny Wallace 0

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