Hamlin uses last-lap crossover move to take Darlington Xfinity win

Denny Hamlin is five-for-five in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

Hamlin uses last-lap crossover move to take Darlington Xfinity win

Five times Hamlin has started a series race from the pole, and five times he’s won, including using a wild crossover move on the final lap of Saturday’s Sport Clips 200 to hold off Joey Logano for the victory.

Logano held the lead on the restart with two of 147 laps remaining, but Hamlin quickly got around him to take the lead, only to see Logano work his way back around to front.

Hamlin quickly tried a crossover move and reclaimed the lead before the checkered flag.

The win is his second this season and 17th of his career.

“I think I threw it back to the old Dale Earnhardt there in Turns 3 and 4,” Hamlin said after the race. “We definitely didn’t have the best handling car in the beginning of the race. We got it better there at the end.

“I actually was hating it when that caution came out because I thought I could run down (Kevin Harvick). We made it a little bit more exciting.”

Harvick finished third, Erik Jones was fourth and William Byron completed the top-five.

“I just got out-motored on the restart. I thought I got a good run off (Turn) 2 underneath him,” Logano said. “I got by him and I knew he was going to cross me over. Second always stings the most.”

With five laps remaining, series points leader Elliott Sadler hit the wall after racing for position with Jones to bring out a caution, which set up the final restart.

“My spotter told me I was clear, but obviously I wasn’t,” Sadler said. “We’ll rebound. We’re a strong team. We’ll come back at Richmond.”

Hamlin's fifth win from the pole at Darlington is the second-most in the series at one track. Kyle Busch holds the series record for the most wins from pole at one track - six at Phoenix Raceway.

Stage 2

Harvick raced past Logano on a restart with 72 laps remaining in the race and held on to capture the Stage 2 victory.

Hamlin worked his way back up to second, Logano was third, Sadler was fourth and Jones completed the top-five.

All of the lead-lap cars pit for fuel and tires during the stage break and Logano reclaimed the lead as his team got him off pit road first.

Dylan Lupton, running a paint scheme honoring Jeff Gordon’s “Rainbow Warriors,” spun on Lap 71 to bring out a caution, although he didn’t appear to make any contact with the wall.

Harvick used a daring move on the restart to charge back to the lead past Logano and Hamlin quickly began working on Logano for the second position.

Stage 1

Harvick ran down Hamlin and took the lead on Lap 30 of 45 and held on for the Stage 1 victory over Sadler.

Ty Dillon, who spun early and flat-spotted his tires, rallied to finish third. Hamlin was fourth and Logano completed the top-five.

Dillon’s team was granted an extra set of tires by NASCAR after flat-spotting all four of his tires during his spin on Lap 7. He made full use of them, running back up through the field after his pit stop.

Last week’s winner, Jeremy Clements, had to pit under green early in the race for a flat tire on Lap 24. He ended the first stage in 36th.

Matt Tiftt and Ross Chastain made contact before the first lap was completed. Tifft got turned into the inside wall and received serious damage, bringing his race to an early end.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeLaps Led
1 18 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 148 1:52'37 33
2 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 148 0.185 58
3 41 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 148 0.586 54
4 20 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 148 1.301  
5 9 united_states William Byron  Chevrolet 148 1.325  
6 48 united_states Brennan Poole  Chevrolet 148 1.956  
7 3 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 148 2.152  
8 7 united_states Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 148 2.275  
9 00 united_states Cole Custer  Ford 148 2.392  
10 2 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 148 2.531  
11 11 united_states Blake Koch  Chevrolet 148 3.002  
12 96 united_states Ben Kennedy  Chevrolet 148 3.149  
13 62 united_states Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 148 3.174  
14 4 united_states Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 148 3.378  
15 16 united_states Ryan Reed  Ford 148 3.585  
16 42 united_states Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 148 3.974  
17 5 united_states Michael Annett  Chevrolet 148 4.067  
18 21 united_states Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 148 4.242  
19 14 united_states J.J. Yeley  Toyota 148 4.390  
20 90 united_states Brandon Brown  Chevrolet 148 4.534  
21 51 united_states Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 148 4.608  
22 39 united_states Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 148 4.829  
23 33 united_states Brandon Jones  Chevrolet 148 5.609  
24 01 united_states Harrison Rhodes  Chevrolet 148 5.635  
25 07 united_states Ray Black Jr.  Chevrolet 148 6.632  
26 0 united_states Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 148 7.363  
27 8 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 148 7.438  
28 52 united_states Joey Gase  Chevrolet 148 43.069  
29 28 united_states Dakoda Armstrong  Toyota 147 1 lap  
30 24 united_states Dylan Lupton  Toyota 147 1 lap  
31 78 united_states Tommy Joe Martins  Chevrolet 145 3 laps  
32 40 united_states Timmy Hill  Dodge 145 3 laps  
33 1 united_states Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 142 6 laps 1
34 23 united_states Spencer Gallagher  Chevrolet 140 8 laps  
35 74 united_states Mike Harmon  Dodge 135 12 laps  
36 99 united_states David Starr  Chevrolet 132 16 laps  
37 89 united_states Morgan Shepherd  Chevrolet 51 97 laps 2
38 13 united_states Carl Long  Dodge 29 119 laps  
39 93 united_states Jeff Green  Chevrolet 8 140 laps  
40 19 united_states Matt Tifft  Toyota 1 147 laps

shares
comments
Matt Tifft inches closer to victory: "You want the first win so bad"

Previous article

Matt Tifft inches closer to victory: "You want the first win so bad"

Next article

Darrell Wallace Jr. returns to Xfinity Series at Chicagoland event

Darrell Wallace Jr. returns to Xfinity Series at Chicagoland event
Load comments