NASCAR Watkins Glen: Denny Hamlin takes maiden Cup road course win

Denny Hamlin took first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory since the Daytona 500 in February and his maiden road course win at Watkins Glen on Sunday

NASCAR Watkins Glen: Denny Hamlin takes maiden Cup road course win

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led the way from the final restart for four laps until the end of the 90-lap race.

Hamlin had moved into the lead with nine laps remaining and just before the penultimate caution period. Before today's race, he had never led a lap at Watkins Glen before.

Martin Truex Jr was set for a second-place finish at the end until he spun on the final corner and hit the barrier, handing the position to Joey Logano at the line.

Brad Keselowski was responsible for Truex's spin, and the Furniture Row Racing driver hit Keselowski's Ford a few times on the cool-down lap in retaliation.

With Keselowski finishing third, AJ Allmendinger came through for fourth position ahead of Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch.

Allmendinger appeared to tap Kyle Larson at the final corner, sending the Chip Ganassi Racing car into the wall in similar fashion to Truex's crash.

The race was relatively clean until the final stages, in which a series of cautions played out to recover several multi-car wrecks.

These collisions took out many front-runners, including Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon.

In total, there were eight cautions and nine lead changes. Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick all led the race for a while.

For the second year in a row, the driver who won the Daytona 500 went on to win at Watkins Glen - Joey Logano completing the same double in 2015.

RESULTS - 90 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2h27m48.s
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2.065s
3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 2.327s
4 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 4.656s
5 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 4.879s
6 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5.145s
7 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6.388s
8 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6.272s
9 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 6.607s
10 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.449s
11 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 7.541s
12 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 8.026s
13 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8.734s
14 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9.130s
15 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10.275s
16 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 9.745s
17 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 12.053s
18 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 12.426s
19 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 13.039s
20 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 12.888s
21 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 13.091s
22 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 16.224s
23 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 16.643s
24 Boris Said Go FAS Racing Ford 16.974s
25 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 17.884s
26 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 18.532s
27 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1m03.800s
28 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Toyota 1m12.340s
29 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
30 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 1 Lap
31 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
32 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Accident
33 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota Accident
34 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota Accident
35 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 13 Laps
36 Alex Kennedy Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Engine
37 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 16 Laps
38 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford Accident
39 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford Accident
40 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Accident


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