Hamlin wins, Elliott advances in double overtime at Kansas

Denny Hamlin held off Chase Elliott in double overtime to win Sunday at Kansas Speedway, which also saw Elliott squeak into the next round of the playoffs.

Hamlin led the way on the restart to the second overtime and quickly put some distance between himself and Elliott. 

After taking the white flag, Elliott tried furiously to get alongside Hamlin by Hamlin edged him by 0.128 seconds to win Sunday’s Hollywood 400.

The win is Hamlin’s fifth of the 2019 season and 36th of his career and second at Kansas.

Kyle Busch finished third, Kurt Busch was fourth and William Byron completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson.

Three drivers advance to the semifinal round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs through wins – Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney.

Joining them in the Round of 8 are Truex, Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Elliott, who edged Brad Keselowski by three points for the final spot.

Stage 3

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, all of the lead-lap cars elected to pit with Hamlin the first off pit road.

On the restart on Lap 167, Hamlin was followed by Blaney, Elliott, Truex and Kyle Busch.

Blaney got around Truex on Lap 171 to move into the second position behind leader Hamlin.

On Lap 193, Kyle Busch used the high-line to get around Blaney and take over the second spot as Blaney dropped to third.

With 65 laps remaining in the race, Hamlin’s lead over Kyle Busch held steady at 2.4 seconds. Blaney remained third, Truex fourth and Byron ran fifth.

Parker Kligerman tagged the wall on Lap 204 but there was no caution. Kligerman made his way down pit road under green for repairs without incident.

Several teams began a round of green-flag pit stops on Lap 214 as the window opened to make it to the end of the race on fuel. Among the first of the lead-lap cars to pit were Jones and Harvick.

During his stop, Aric Almirola was penalized for an uncontrolled tire and had to make a pass-through penalty on pit road under green. 

Once the cycle of stops was completed on Lap 226, Hamlin returned to the lead followed closely by Kyle Busch and Blaney.

With 30 laps remaining in the race, Hamlin’s lead over Kyle Busch remained about 1 second. Blaney was third, Jones fourth and Byron fifth.

On Lap 248, Hamlin nearly avoided a collision with the lapped car of Paul Menard, which allowed Kyle Busch to close to within a half-second of the leader.

On Lap 253, Blaney – who had tagged the wall on the frontstretch – then blew his right-rear tire coming off Turn 2 to bring out a caution.

All of the lead-lap cars elected to pit with Hamlin the first off pit road. On the restart on Lap 259, he was followed by Larson, Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. The first three took only two new tires, Kyle Busch was the first car with four new tires.

With five laps remaining, Hamlin held a small lead over Kyle Busch with Elliott having moved to third.

Elliott moved into second with four laps to go.

Bubba Wallace spun in Turn 2 after losing a wheel in an incident that also collected Matt Tifft and Ryan Preece on Lap 265. 

Keselowski, who had taken the wave-around to get back on the lead lap the previous caution, pit for four new tires. On the start of overtime, it was Hamlin followed by Elliott, Kyle Busch, Jones and Johnson.

Just as Hamlin was about to take the white flag, Suarez and Hemric wrecked coming off Turn 4 to bring out the caution and send the race into double overtime. To start the second OT, Hamlin led followed by Kyle Busch, Elliott, Jones and Byron.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeLaps LedRetirementPointsBonus
111 Denny Hamlin Toyota277 153 53 
29 Chase Elliott Chevrolet27700.1284 50 
318 Kyle Busch Toyota27700.266  41 
41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet27700.493  33 
524 William Byron Chevrolet27700.5431 39 
619 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota27700.79633 46 
720 Erik Jones Toyota27701.005  32 
814 Clint Bowyer Ford27701.125  31 
94 Kevin Harvick Ford27701.405  33 
1048 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet27701.407  27 
1188 Alex Bowman Chevrolet27701.5377 26 
1247 Ryan Preece Chevrolet27701.786  25 
1337 Chris Buescher Chevrolet27701.948  24 
1442 Kyle Larson Chevrolet27702.23360 23 
1595 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota27702.246  22 
1617 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford27702.5891 22 
1722 Joey Logano Ford27702.6044 34 
1821 Paul Menard Ford27702.858  22 
192 Brad Keselowski Ford27703.0032 23 
203 Austin Dillon Chevrolet27703.032  17 
2112 Ryan Blaney Ford27704.0902 29 
2213 Ty Dillon Chevrolet2761 lap  15 
2310 Aric Almirola Ford2743 laps  14 
2434 Michael McDowell Ford2743 laps  13 
2536 Matt Tifft Ford2734 laps  12 
2638 David Ragan Ford2734 laps  11 
2715 Ross Chastain Chevrolet2725 laps    
2832 Corey Lajoie Ford2725 laps  9 
2996 Parker Kligerman Toyota2716 laps    
3051 J.J. Yeley Ford2716 laps    
318 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet2707 laps4Accident6 
3241 Daniel Suarez Ford2707 laps6Accident13 
3327 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet2689 laps  4 
3452 Garrett Smithley Ford26710 laps    
3543 Darrell Wallace Jr. Chevrolet26314 laps Accident2 
3653 Josh Bilicki Ford26215 laps    
3700 Landon Cassill Chevrolet20374 laps Vibration  
3866 Joey Gase Toyota107170 laps Accident  
3977 Timmy Hill Chevrolet95182 laps Too slow  
406 Ryan Newman Ford72205 laps Accident1

 

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