Denny Hamlin is back in victory lane.
Overcoming two pit-road penalties and missing pit road once during the race, Denny Hamlin charged to the front multiple times in his No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry to capture the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The win is Hamlin’s second of 2019 after he claimed the Daytona 500 back in February. “Our car was really, really fast. We obviously saw that. Once we got out front, we were able to pull away from the pack a little bit. Got a little bit loose when we were racing our teammates in the 18 and 20. So wasn’t able to be as aggressive as I was earlier in the race. We had a super-fast car. That’s why we won,” said Hamlin after the race.
The weekend up until Sunday had again been a Kyle Busch show. However, a late race brush with the wall ended the weekend sweep for Busch. On lap 282, Busch entered turn two and lost grip, sending his car into the wall. He would pit for damage repair and finished in tenth.
Stewart-Haas Racing driver Clint Bowyer finished in second place, his best finish of 2019. Bowyer’s teammate Daniel Suarez finished in third, while Erik Jones and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five. The almost two year win less streak for Jimmie Johnson looked like it may end Sunday, as Johnson was near the front for a majority of the event. However, even after claiming the pole, Johnson will have to fight for his next win another day.
The series now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for next weekends Food City 500. The green flag waves at 2:00pm on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, April 7th.
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