BUSCH: Hamlin wins Mexico City race

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BUSCH: Hamlin wins Mexico City race

Denny Hamlin survived a rash of late race cautions to earn his first win in the NASCAR Busch series. Hamlin led 40 of the races 80 laps in his second trip to the road course in Mexico City (last year he finished 15th). Race winner...

Denny Hamlin survived a rash of late race cautions to earn his first win in the NASCAR Busch series. Hamlin led 40 of the races 80 laps in his second trip to the road course in Mexico City (last year he finished 15th).

Race winner Denny Hamlin celebrates.
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"I can't say enough about this entire crew," said Hamlin of the No. 20 Chevy team. "Everyone knows how good Joe Gibbs stuff is on road courses all I had to do is turn the wheel.I knew if I could just get away we'd be in good shape. The problem was getting away, but we were strong on restarts."

Pole sitter Boris Said was second gaining his best ever finish in the Busch series, "That kid is really good. He just flat out beat me today. Tony Stewart must have given him the magic dust."

Full time Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and JJ Yeley finished third and fourth. Paul Menard completed the top five.

It was an otherwise uneventful race until lap 53 when leader Michel Jourdain and second place Kyle Busch both spun while racing for position. Busch managed not to hit anything, but Jourdain smacked the wall. Several other cars also spun in the smoky aftermath causing NASCAR to wave the caution.

Jourdain had led two laps and spent 20 of the 53 laps he raced in the top ten before being taken out by Busch who made contact with Jourdain as he attempted to squeeze under him for the race's top spot. A visibly irate Jourdain stood defiant on the race track waiting for Busch's Chevy to come back round so he could express his disdain but NASCAR officials ushered him into the ambulance before the No. 5 car came back by.

Michel Jourdain.
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"It was unfortunate," said Jourdain. "We were running OK.there was still plenty of laps to go, I don't know what Kyle was thinking. I don't know sometimes what these guys do or think."

On the restart at lap 57, Denny Hamlin was scored as the new leader. Busch pitted before the restart and was nabbed for being too fast entering pit road forcing him into the 32nd at the green flag.

That left Hamlin out front by two seconds with Boris Said in hot pursuit. Just as Said started to make some headway on Hamlin a full course caution fell on lap 62 when Reed Sorenson's engine blew.

The field restarted with 15 laps to go with Hamlin still in the lead followed by Boris Said and Kevin Harvick. It was the same three cars up front when Burney Lamar hit the dirt trap with nine to go bringing out the yellow.

Hamlin remained in the lead on the restart at lap 75 but got just one more lap in the books before a crash by Regan Smith brought out the days ninth caution. The field restarted with two to go but neither Said or Harvick had anything for Hamlin in the closing laps.

There were nine cautions for 22 laps and seven lead changes among eight drivers.

Harvick continues to lead Busch series point standings. JJ Yeley, Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, Burney Lamar, Jason Leffler, Carl Edwards, Jon Wood and Jason Keller complete the top ten.

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