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Denny Hamlin Delivers the Checkers at Thunder Valley

Denny Hamlin - photo by Brendon D. Miller - Bluegrass Sports Nation

Pole Sitter Denny Hamlin – Driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Toyota patiently maneuvered his Camry around Matt Benabetto – Driver of the No. 95 Toyota in the closing laps to win at Bristol.

BRISTOL – August 17, 2019 – Anthony Holbrook – BSN

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 24th race of the 2019 season located to Bristol Motor Speedway International Speedway, Saturday Aug. 17th, 2019 for The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race!!

 Denny Hamlin fought back from a multiple of obstacles during the night race, from an on-track alteration and a vibrating wheel that caused a green flag pit stop.  After suffering laps down, Denny Hamlin charged back to the front, piloting the Joe Gibbs Toyota through traffic before finally passing Dibenedetto for the lead and win with only 12 laps to go.

Matt DiBenedetto, was dishearted after achieving his career-best finish in the consequence of learning early this week that he would be released from No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota next year.

Stage 1 Results

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Matt Denabetto
  6. Ryan Blaney
  7. Erik Jones
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Kurt Bush
  10. Aric Almirola
Kyle Larson – photo Larry Robinson

STAGE 2 Results

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Daniel Suarez
  3. Ryan Newman
  4. Kyle Bush
  5. William Byron
  6. Chase Elliott
  7. Erik Jones
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Daniel Hemric
  10.  Martin Truex Jr.
Kurt Busch – photo Brendon Miller

The Bass Pro NRA Night Race  Final Results

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Matt DiBenedetto
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Daniel Suarez
  9. Kurt Busch

10. Ryan Blaney

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Daniel Hemric
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Bubba Wallace
  5. Alex Bowman
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Chris Buescher
  8. Ryan Preece
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Ty Dillon
  11. William Byron
  12. Erik Jones
  13. Paul Menard
  14. Corey LaJoie
  15. Landon Cassill
  16. Ross Chastain
  17. Matt Tifft
  18. JJ Yeley
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Quin Houff
  21. Kyle Weatherman
  22. BJ McLeod
  23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  24. Austin Dillon
  25. Josh Bilicki
  26. David Ragan
  27. Michael McDowell
  28. Reed Sorenson
  29. Kevin Harvick
Hamlin in Victory Lane – photo Larry Robinson

Time of Race:

 2 Hrs, 49 Mins, 9 Secs.


Average Speed:

94.531 MPH

Margin of Victory:

 .502 Seconds

Caution Flags:

 8 for 61 laps; Laps: 81-87 (#3, 11 and 48 Incident in Turn 3 [None]); 127-134 (Stage 1 Conclusion [8]); 191-196 (#10 and 54 Incident in Turn 2 [4]); 214-219 (#10 and 51 Incident in Turn 1 [18]); 244-248 (#14 Spin in Turn 2 [11]); 252-259 (Stage 2 Conclusion [22]); 364-370 (#22, 24 and 88 Incident in Turn 1 [6]); 374-387 (#12, 17, 34, 38, 48 Incident in Turn 1 [8]).

Lead Changes:

 23 among 10 drivers; D. Hamlin 1-14; K. Larson 15-23; D. Hamlin 24-38; K. Larson 39-45; D. Hamlin 46-83; K. Larson 84-129; B. Keselowski 130; C. Elliott 131-163; K. Harvick 164-191; B. Keselowski 192; M. Truex Jr. 193-244; K. Busch 245-253; K. Busch 254-264; B. Keselowski 265-349; K. Busch 350; B. Keselowski 351; K. Busch 352; B. Keselowski 353-354; K. Busch 355-365; B. Keselowski 366; K. Busch 367-372; E. Jones 373-395; M. DiBenedetto 396-488; D. Hamlin 489-500.

Denny Hamlin won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, his 35th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory and 4th.win of the 2019 MENCS Season.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race will take a week off and  travel to Darlington,  South Carolina,  Sunday  Sept 01, 2019 for the Bojangles Southern hosted by Darlington Raceway 500 6:00  p.m  TV: NBCSN  Radio: MRN

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