Denny Hamlin runs down Matt DiBenedetto for Bristol win


Hamlin, who began on the pole, acquired into second with 45 of 500 laps remaining then patiently ran down DiBenedetto, lastly passing him with 11 laps to go. DiBenedetto remained shut however couldn’t get one other likelihood to cross Hamlin again earlier than the end.


The win is Hamlin’s fourth of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Sequence season and second within the final 4 races. It’s additionally the 35th victory of his profession.

“I am simply wish to ask for forgiveness to Matt DiBendetto and Mike Wheeler (his crew chief). I hate it,” Hamlin stated. “I do know a win would imply loads to that workforce however I acquired to offer 110 % to my entire workforce. Simply sorry.

“This workforce gave me an awesome automobile. Everyone is doing a tremendous job. We’re simply kicking ass.”

Requested how he ran down DiBenedetto, Hamlin stated, “Between my spotter and crew chief, they only stayed on me to not be concerned. I took my time. I had loads of time. I simply labored him over and labored him over. 

“I did not wish to present him the underside (lane) till I knew I may make the cross. So I ran the highest, ran the highest, acquired the place on the underside and completed it. We had an awesome automobile, got here again from a pair laps down and right here we’re.”

Brad Keselowski completed third, Kyle Busch was fourth and Chase Elliott accomplished the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 had been Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney.

Stage three

Following the break between Phases 2 and three, Kyle Busch elected to not pit and took over the lead when the race returned to inexperienced on Lap 260. He was adopted by Elliott, Erik Jones, Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.

On Lap 265, Keselowski got here off Flip 2 and acquired round Kyle Busch to take the lead for the primary time within the race.

With 200 laps remaining within the race, Keselowski maintained a small lead over Kyle Busch with Elliott in third, adopted by Truex and Jones.

By Lap 330, Keselowski remained the chief adopted by Kyle Busch however Jones had moved his manner into the third place.

Kevin Harvick, who went to the storage simply earlier than the conclusion of Stage 2, was formally declared out of the race on Lap 341 with a clutch concern. He led 28 laps early within the race.

Kyle Busch acquired a very good run off Flip 2 on Lap 352 and went to the within of Keselowski to take the lead. 

On Lap 362, Joey Logano and Alex Bowman made contact off Flip 2 to deliver out a warning. Simply earlier than the warning, Truex had tagged the wall and was compelled to drop to pit street for repairs.


The lead-lap automobiles elected to pit with Kyle Busch the primary driver off pit street. He led the way in which on the restart on Lap 371, adopted by Jones, Keselowski, Elliott and Bowyer.

On Lap 373, a multi-car wrecked erupted in Flip 2 involving Blaney, Michael McDowell, David Ragan, Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Blaney appeared to have a tire go down. 

Simply earlier than the warning, Jones acquired round Kyle Busch to take the lead for the primary time within the race.

On the restart on Lap 388, Jones led the way in which adopted by Kyle Busch, Elliott, DiBenedetto and Keselowski.

DiBenedetto acquired round Jones off Flip 2 on Lap 396 to take the lead for the primary time. Jones tagged the wall simply after the transfer and fell off the tempo. He finally went to pit street below inexperienced for repairs.

With 90 to go, DiBenedetto had moved out to a 1.2-second lead over Elliott. Keselowski was third, Hamlin fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

After 440 laps, Elliott was closing on DiBenedetto for the lead as Keselowski ran shut behind in third.

With 45 laps remaining, Hamlin moved into the second place as Keselowski ran third, Elliott fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

With 25 to go, DiBenedetto maintained a small however constant lead over Hamlin as Keselowski remained in third.

On Lap 490, Hamlin lastly labored his manner round DiBenedetto to reclaim the lead.