Hamlin wins wild Watkins Glen race

Denny Hamlin withstood a strong challenge to head off rivals and win at Watkins Glen

Denny Hamlin withstood a strong challenge to head off rivals and win at Watkins Glen

Denny Hamlin survived a wild finish to claim the Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.

Hamlin took the 90-lap affair from Joey Logano with Brad Keselowski taking third place. It was the first road course victory of Hamlin’s career.

The race was red flagged with six to go after a crash involving Kevin Harvick, David Ragan and Pocono winner Chris Buescher.

On the restart with four laps remaining Martin Truex jr quickly slipped past Logano to take second.

Meanwhile Logano fell into the clutches of Keselowski as the pair traded blows in for a period before the latter prevailed to claim third.

Truex jr unleashed some aggressive moves on the final lap which ultimately saw him spin on the final turn before he crossed the line in eighth place after Keselowski made contact with the #78 Camry.

AJ Allmendinger was fourth followed by Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch.

With Jamie McMurray finished seventh while Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth completed the top 10.

The race was red flagged for the first time with a multi-car pile-up that saw Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse jr and Greg Biffle eliminated with 38 laps remaining.

VIDEO: Race recap

RESULTS: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen РWatkins Glen International 

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 6 90 10 Running 44 4
2 22 Joey Logano Ford 7 90 8 Running 40 1
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 12 90 28 Running 40 2
4 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 9 90 0 Running 37 0
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 3 90 0 Running 36 0
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 5 90 4 Running 36 1
7 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 14 90 1 Running 35 1
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 10 90 0 Running 33 0
9 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 32 90 0 Running 32 0
10 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 4 90 0 Running 31 0
11 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 17 90 3 Running 31 1
12 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 20 90 0 Running 29 0
13 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 16 90 0 Running 28 0
14 88 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21 90 0 Running 27 0
15 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 1 90 25 Running 27 1
16 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 8 90 0 Running 25 0
17 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 11 90 0 Running 24 0
18 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 28 90 0 Running 23 0
19 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 19 90 0 Running 22 0
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 23 90 0 Running 21 0
21 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 31 90 11 Running 21 1
22 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 33 90 0 Running 19 0
23 38 Landon Cassill Ford 40 90 0 Running 18 0
24 32 Boris Said Ford 37 90 0 Running 17 0
25 44 Brian Scott Ford 27 90 0 Running 16 0
26 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 39 90 0 Running 15 0
27 43 Aric Almirola Ford 34 90 0 Running 14 0
28 98 Cole Whitt Toyota 22 90 0 Running 13 0
29 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 2 89 0 Running 12 0
30 34 Chris Buescher Ford 25 89 0 Running 11 0
31 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 18 89 0 Running 10 0
32 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15 83 0 Accident 9 0
33 23 David Ragan Toyota 26 83 0 Accident 8 0
34 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 35 83 0 Accident 7 0
35 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29 77 0 Running 6 0
36 55 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 36 76 0 Engine 5 0
37 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 74 0 Running 4 0
38 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 30 52 0 Accident 3 0
39 16 Greg Biffle Ford 24 52 0 Accident 2 0
40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 13 52 0 Accident 1 0

 

 

 

Points standings

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Brad Keselowski 727 Leader 22 4 10 14 0
2 Kevin Harvick 718 -9 22 1 9 17 2
3 Kurt Busch 689 -38 22 1 6 16 0
4 Kyle Busch 670 -57 22 4 11 15 4
5 Carl Edwards 653 -74 22 2 7 13 4
6 Joey Logano 652 -75 22 1 9 14 3
7 Denny Hamlin 620 -107 22 2 7 11 3
8 Martin Truex Jr 612 -115 22 1 3 10 1
9 Matt Kenseth 600 -127 22 2 4 10 2
10 Jimmie Johnson 578 -149 22 2 7 8 4
11 Ryan Newman 562 -165 22 0 1 7 2
12 Chase Elliott 561 -166 22 0 6 11 1
13 Austin Dillon 559 -168 22 0 3 9 1
14 Jamie McMurray 550 -177 22 0 1 6 1
15 Kyle Larson 520 -207 22 0 4 7 2
16 Trevor Bayne 512 -215 22 0 2 5 0
17 Kasey Kahne 509 -218 22 0 2 6 1
18 Ryan Blaney 502 -225 22 0 1 6 2
19 AJ Allmendinger 486 -241 22 0 2 4 3
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 475 -252 22 0 2 4 3
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr 461 -266 18 0 5 6 4
22 Paul Menard 422 -305 22 0 0 2 4
23 Greg Biffle 416 -311 22 0 1 3 5
24 Danica Patrick 413 -314 22 0 0 0 3
25 Clint Bowyer 397 -330 22 0 0 3 2
26 Tony Stewart 389 -338 14 1 5 7 2
27 Aric Almirola 379 -348 22 0 0 0 4
28 Casey Mears 359 -368 22 0 0 0 0
29 Landon Cassill 334 -393 22 0 0 0 0
30 David Ragan 295 -432 22 0 0 0 4
31 Chris Buescher 292 -435 22 1 1 1 4
32 Regan Smith 278 -449 22 0 1 2 4
33 Brian Scott 267 -460 22 0 0 0 3
34 Michael McDowell 256 -471 18 0 0 1 2
35 Cole Whitt 225 -502 19 0 0 0 4
36 Matt DiBenedetto 210 -517 22 0 0 1 8
37 Michael Annett 202 -525 22 0 0 0 3
38 Josh Wise 115 -612 18 0 0 0 5
39 Reed Sorenson 94 -633 14 0 0 0 4
40 Brian Vickers 86 -641 5 0 0 1 1
41 Jeff Gordon 69 -658 3 0 0 0 0
42 Jeffrey Earnhardt 61 -666 10 0 0 0 1
43 Bobby Labonte 51 -676 3 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 46 -681 2 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 42 -685 2 0 0 0 0
46 Boris Said 17 -710 1 0 0 0 0
47 Patrick Carpentier 11 -716 2 0 0 0 0
48 Eddie MacDonald 5 -722 1 0 0 0 0
49 Alex Kennedy 5 -722 1 0 0 0 1
50 Robert Richardson 3 -724 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ty Dillon 0 -727 8 0 0 0 0
52 Alex Bowman 0 -727 1 0 0 0 0
53 Jeb Burton 0 -727 2 0 0 0 0
54 Joey Gase 0 -727 3 0 0 0 0
55 Ryan Ellis 0 -727 3 0 0 0 0
56 Dylan Lupton 0 -727 1 0 0 0 0
57 Cody Ware 0 -727 0 0 0 0 0

 

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