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Hamlin’s Special Delivery to Phoenix

Denny Hamlin - photo by Larry Robinsion - Bluegrass Sports Nation

Denny Hamlin wins the 32nd annual Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway.

AVONDALE, Ariz. – November 10, 2019 – Anthony Holbrook

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Race located to Phoenix, Arizona  Sunday Nov. 10th for the Bluegreen Vacations 500 hosted by ISM Raceway.   The race outcome set the final 4 Championship Contenders.

Denny checked off his 37th career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunday and guaranteed his first spot in the Championship Field since 2014 with his win at Phoenix. 

Falling below the cutline after spinning out last week at Texas, Denny Hamlin came to Phoenix determined to win. Hamlin recovered from his Texas mishap, delivering 143 laps en route to a victory at ISM Raceway. 

Track Length: 1 Mile
Race Length: 500 Kilometers
First Race: Nov. 6, 1988 – Checker 500
Banking in Turns 1 and 2: 8-9 degrees
Banking in Turns 3 and 4: 10-11 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch Dogleg: 10-11 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 3 degrees

Frontstretch: 1,551 feet
Backstretch: 1,179 feet

Bluegreen Vacations 500
Stage 1 Top 10:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Kyle Bush
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kyle Larson
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. William Byron
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Kurt Bush

Bluegreen Vacations 500
Stage 2 Top 10:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Kyle Bush
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Kyle Larson
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10.  Kurt Bush

Bluegreen Vacations 500
Final Stage

With eight laps remaining, Hamblin’s Toyota controlled the field until a No. 27 John Hunter Nemecheck wreck brought out a late caution, erasing Hamlin’s lead.  Joe Gibbs Racing team duplicated a two tire change for the No. 11 Toyota — the same strategy as No. 12 Ryan Blaney, whereas other teams opted a four tire change.

Both contenders lined up next to each other with three laps to go on a final shootout restart.  Hamlin utilized a perfect restart to drive-pass Playoff Contender Ryan Blaney and eventually hold-off teammate No. 18 Kyle Bush for the victory and final playoff berth.

A declaration victory that eliminated NASCAR champion  No.22 Joey Logano from the playoffs and gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota three entries into next week’s Championship 4 hosted by Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Bluegreen Vacations 500   Final Results
(Starting positions in parentheses)
1. (3) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 312 laps, 59 points.
2. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 312, 50.
3. (10) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 312, 44.
4. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 312, 42.
5. (7) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 312, 38.
6. (4) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 312, 36.
7. (9) Erik Jones, Toyota, 312, 30.
8. (13) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 312, 29.
9. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 312, 45.
10. (12) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 312, 34.
11. (8) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 312, 28.
12. (19) Paul Menard, Ford, 312, 25.
13. (16) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 312, 24.
14. (22) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 312, 23.
15. (15) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 312, 22.
16. (17) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 311, 21.
17. (18) William Byron, Chevrolet, 311, 23.
18. (20) Ryan Newman, Ford, 311, 19.
19. (24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 311, 18.
20. (29) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 311, 17.
21. (27) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 311, 16.
22. (11) Aric Almirola, Ford, 310, 15.
23. (14) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 310, 14.
24. (28) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 309, 13.
25. (23) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 308, 12.
26. (25) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 307, 11.
27. (26) John H. Nemechek, Ford, 307, 0.
28. (32) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 307, 0.
29. (39) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 306, 0.
30. (21) Michael McDowell, Ford, 306, 7.
31. (35) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 304, 0.
32. (34) Bayley Currey, Ford, 304, 0.
33. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 303, 0.
34. (36) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 296, 0.
35. (31) Corey Lajoie, Ford, 294, 2.
36. (30) David Ragan, Ford, suspension, 261, 1.
37. (37) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, brakes, 226, 1.
38. (38) Joey Gase, Toyota, engine, 170, 0.
39. (6) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, accident, 165, 18.

Time of Race:
2 Hrs, 48 Mins, 0 Secs

Average Speed:
111.429 MPH

Margin of Victory:
.377 Seconds

Caution Flags:
5 for 32 laps; Laps: 68-72 (#17 Incident Turn 4 [None]); 77-82 (Stage 1 Conclusion [47]); 152-159 (Stage 2 Conclusion [13]); 167-173 (#9 Incident Turn 1 [17]); 304-309 (#36 Incident Turn 1 [20]).

Lead Changes:
8 among 5 drivers; K. Busch (P) 1-69; B. Keselowski 70-72; D. Hamlin (P) 73-82; J. Logano (P) 83-153; D. Hamlin (P) 154; J. Logano (P) 155-176; D. Hamlin (P) 177-246; K. Busch 247-250; D. Hamlin (P) 251-312.

Hamlin joins No.19  Martin Truex Jr., No.4  Kevin Harvick and No. 18 Kyle Busch is next week’s Ford EcoBoost 400 as part of the Championship 4 and an opportunity to win this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.

2019 Monster Energy Cup Series season Finale

Championship 4 Contenders            

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kyle Bush

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale travels to Homestead/Miami Fla.   Sunday Nov. 17th for the Ford-Eco Boost 500 hosted by Homestead-Miami Speedway, 3:00 p.m. ET    NBC  PRN.   Joey Logano is the defending race winner.

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