Big Day at Texas Motor Speedway
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Denny Hamlin went ahead in the closing
12-lap shootout for a victory at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday,
holding off Jimmie Johnson at the end to win another rain-delayed
Hamlin won for the second time in three races, both victories
coming in races that were postponed by rain before being run on the
first day of the week.
Hamlin never led until that final run, set up after a
spectacular nine-car crash involving Jeff Gordon, who had led 124
laps, and polesitter Tony Stewart.
It was the 10th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory for Hamlin, who
won a Monday race at Martinsville three weeks ago, then had surgery
two days after for a torn ACL in his left knee. He ran every lap at
Phoenix last week, then won at Texas.
Kyle Busch has completed an impressive
drive for five - and a long NASCAR doubleheader.
Busch won its fifth consecutive Nationwide race at Texas Motor
Speedway on Monday, joining two-time series champion Jack Ingram
and Dale Earnhardt Sr., as the only drivers to win five consecutive
races in NASCAR's second-tier series at the same track.
Only about an hour after finishing third in the rain-postponed
Sprint Cup race earlier in the day - 501 miles over 334 laps -
Busch led 153 of the 200 laps in the 300-mile Nationwide race, that
was originally scheduled Saturday.
It was Busch's second consecutive Nationwide victory and 33rd of
Busch beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano, the
polesitter, by 0.688 seconds.
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