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.
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.
|6||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||277||00.796||33||46|
|16||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||277||02.589||1||22|
|22||13||Ty Dillon||Chevrolet||276||1 lap||15|
|23||10||Aric Almirola||Ford||274||3 laps||14|
|24||34||Michael McDowell||Ford||274||3 laps||13|
|25||36||Matt Tifft||Ford||273||4 laps||12|
|26||38||David Ragan||Ford||273||4 laps||11|
|27||15||Ross Chastain||Chevrolet||272||5 laps|
|28||32||Corey Lajoie||Ford||272||5 laps||9|
|29||96||Parker Kligerman||Toyota||271||6 laps|
|30||51||J.J. Yeley||Ford||271||6 laps|
|31||8||Daniel Hemric||Chevrolet||270||7 laps||4||Accident||6|
|32||41||Daniel Suarez||Ford||270||7 laps||6||Accident||13|
|33||27||Reed Sorenson||Chevrolet||268||9 laps||4|
|34||52||Garrett Smithley||Ford||267||10 laps|
|35||43||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Chevrolet||263||14 laps||Accident||2|
|36||53||Josh Bilicki||Ford||262||15 laps|
|37||00||Landon Cassill||Chevrolet||203||74 laps||Vibration|
|38||66||Joey Gase||Toyota||107||170 laps||Accident|
|39||77||Timmy Hill||Chevrolet||95||182 laps||Too slow|
|40||6||Ryan Newman||Ford||72||205 laps||Accident||1|
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