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Hamlin Drives To Victory at Kansas [VIDEO]

Denny Hamlin crew greets him along pit road after winning at Kansas Speeway (Getty Images)

It’s amazing the way changing weather conditions can affect a race car.  Yesterday when a mostly cloudy day at Kansas Speedway turned sunny – it was good news for Denny Hamlin.  For most of the race he was chasing Martin Truex, Junior and kept thinking to himself something needed to change and it did.  The sun came out and Hamlin says his car responded.  He was able to pass Truex and hold on for his second win this season and his first at Kansas.

Truex led a race-high 173 laps, but was forced to settle for second and kept him winless in 175 races.  He apologized to his team after the race taking responsibility for losing it.

Jimmie Johnson came in third.  He said he watched the battle between Hamlin and Truex for most of the race and was hoping for an opportunity, but it never came.

Matt Kenseth came in fourth and another good day for Greg Biffle.  Following his win at Texas, Biffle finished
in the top five to hang on to the points lead.  He leads Truex by 15 points and Kenseth by 17.

With Dale Earnhardt, Junior coming in seventh and Kasey Kahne finishing eighth, it gave Hendrick Motorsports three cars in the top 10 for the second week in a row, but they’re winless in 14 races now and kept them from winning their 200th Cup race for another week.

Richmond is up next on the schedule next week.

 

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