Denny Hamlin Oversomes Two Penalties to Win Cup Race at Texas

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Denny Hamlin survived to do what many believe is an impossible task—winning a race while receiving two penalties.  The two pit road penalties made him have to fight back each time, but a fast car and driving skill got him in front with 33 laps to go and he held on for the victory.

It was his 33nd career win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the second win at Texas Motor Speedway.  He had an explanation on how he could make up so much ground.

“Just a fast car,” Hamlin said. “They gave me a car that could really pass anyone in the field. That means a lot. It was a different type of race here, trying to draft and everything and trying to get out of everyone’s way.

“It was fun passing all those cars, it really was. We just took advantage of the cards that were given to us. We had to get off sequence with the penalties we had and I missed pit road once under green.”

Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. William Byron, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch completed the first 10 finishers. Joey Logano and Hamlin won the day’s first two stages.

Lots of people had good days.  Bowyer scored his best finish of the season in second place, Suarez notched his fifth career top-five finish, Erik Jones rebounded after spinning to bring out the day’s first caution to finish fourth, and Johnson had his best finish since finishing fifth at Charlotte in the Coke 600 last May.

Others weren’t so lucky.  Brad Keselowski had something break on the rear of his car on the first lap and was forced to the garage for repairs and finished 55 laps down.

  “Just something broke out of nowhere. Something in the back of the car broke and it won’t go, Keselowski said. “It’s one of those really important parts, as Kenny Schrader would say,”

Kyle Larson slapped the wall and a fire erupted under the hood of his car when he came into his pit stall. Ryan Blaney led 45 laps but had an engine expire taking him out of the race.

Kyle Busch tried to win the triple by winning the truck, Xfinity, and Cup races, led 66 laps and had a comfortable advantage late until he had an issue that caused him to hit the wall dropping him from contention to sweep the weekend.

Next race on the schedule is at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 7th.

Shoulda called - I didn’t check after a Word barf and it didn’t save the last edits - here’s the corrected version.
 
 
 

Unofficial Results: 23rd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - March 31, 2019 - Texas Motor Speedway - 1.5 - Mile Paved

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 6, Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 334, , 1, 3, 45, 6, 50, Running
2) 25, Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford, 334, , , 1, 3, , 35, Running
3) 4, Daniel Suarez, No. 41 Ruckus Ford, 334, 7, 3, 2, 9, , 46, Running
4) 11, Erik Jones, No. 20 Craftsman Toyota, 334, , , 2, 30, , 33, Running
5) 1, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 334, 2, 10, 2, 60, , 42, Running
6) 2, William Byron, No. 24 Axalta/Primeline Chevrolet, 334, , 8, 2, 15, , 34, Running
7) 21, Aric Almirola, No. 10 Smithfield Prime Fresh Ford, 334, , , 1, 3, , 30, Running
8) 23, Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Mobil 1/O'Reilly Auto Parts Ford, 334, , , , , , 29, Running
9) 30, Kurt Busch, No. 1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet, 334, , , , , , 28, Running
10) 16, Kyle Busch, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 334, 8, 4, 6, 66, , 37, Running
11) 18, Ryan Newman, No. 6 Wyndham Rewards Ford, 334, , 6, , , , 31, Running
12) 20, Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 334, , , 1, 10, , 25, Running
13) 3, Chase Elliott, No. 9 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet, 334, 3, , 1, 35, , 32, Running
14) 5, Austin Dillon, No. 3 Realtree Chevrolet, 334, 4, , 2, 5, , 30, Running
15) 15, Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 334, , 9, , , , 24, Running
16) 17, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 333, , 7, , , , 25, Running
17) 8, Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 333, 1, , 3, 8, 1, 30, Running
18) 24, Alex Bowman, No. 88 LLumar Chevrolet, 333, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 14, Paul Menard, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, 333, 6, 5, , , , 29, Running
20) 19, Chris Buescher, No. 37 Kroger Speed Up Your Cleanup Chevrolet, 333, 10, , , , , 18, Running
21) 9, Ty Dillon, No. 13 Twisted Tea Chevrolet, 332, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 27, Ryan Preece #, No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet, 332, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 10, Bubba Wallace, No. 43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, 332, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 29, Matt Tifft #, No. 36 Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford, 332, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 28, David Ragan, No. 38 MDS Transport Ford, 331, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 26, Matt DiBenedetto, No. 95 Procore Toyota, 331, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 33, * Parker Kligerman(i), No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota, 330, , , , , , 0, Running
28) 31, Corey LaJoie, No. 32 PROSPR Ford, 330, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 35, Ross Chastain(i), No. 15 Rim Riderz Chevrolet, 329, , , , , , 0, Running
30) 32, Landon Cassill, No. 00 USFRA Chevrolet, 326, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 34, BJ McLeod(i), No. 51 Jacob Companies Chevrolet, 325, , , , , , 0, Running
32) 38, Garrett Smithley(i), No. 77 Trophy Tracker Chevrolet, 325, , , , , , 0, Running
33) 7, Daniel Hemric #, No. 8 Bulwark FR/Wayne Workwear Chevrolet, 324, , , , , , 4, Running
34) 37, * Reed Sorenson, No. 27 Soloman Plumbing Chevrolet, 322, , , , , , 3, Running
35) 36, Bayley Currey(i), No. 52 Trick Shot Penetrating Lubricant Ford, 320, , , , , , 0, Running
36) 12, Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford, 279, , , , , , 1, Running
37) 13, Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford, 225, 5, 2, 1, 45, , 16, Overheating
38) 39, * Timmy Hill(i), No. 66 Toyota, 168, , , , , , 0, Clutch
39) 22, Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, 147, 9, , , , , 3, Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 16 Mins, 11 Secs.
Total Race Length: 334 Laps - 501. Miles
Average Speed: 153.224 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.743 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 22, 48, 9, 3, 12, 21, 41, 18, 42, 37
Stage 2 Top 10: 11, 12, 41, 18, 21, 6, 17, 24, 34, 48

Race Comments: Denny Hamlin won the 23rd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, his 33rd victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Prior to the start of the race, the following car(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: No. 8 (backup car) and No. 6 (multiple (2) pre-race inspection failures).

Caution Flags: 5 for 29 laps; Laps: 16-18 (No. 20 Spin Turn 2 [None]); 87-92 (Stage 1 Conclusion [6]); 150-158 (No. 42 Incident Turn 2 [22]); 172-177 (Stage 2 Conclusion [20]); 256-260 (No. 8 Incident Turn 2 [None]).

Lead Changes: 26 among 13 drivers; J. Johnson 0; J. Johnson 1-59; J. Logano 60; A. Dillon 61-62; K. Busch 63-65; W. Byron 66-79; C. Bowyer 80-82; J. Logano 83-88; M. Truex Jr. 89-98; K. Busch 99-108; C. Elliott 109-143; J. Logano 144; K. Busch 145-155; D. Hamlin 156-172; R. Blaney 173-217; D. Suarez 218-220; K. Busch 221-238; J. Johnson 239; D. Suarez 240-245; K. Busch 246-257; A. Almirola 258-260; E. Jones 261-263; K. Busch 264-275; E. Jones 276-302; D. Hamlin 303-318; W. Byron 319; A. Dillon 320-322; D. Hamlin 323-334.

 

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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