Denny Hamlin holds on to win at Watkins Glen

Ross Houston
August 10, 2016

This time, Hamlin was error-free, left to ponder on how he managed to win a race he questioned whether he would be able to start.

Who Else Had a Good Day: Logano followed up his XFINITY Series race win with the fifth top-10 finish in his last six Watkins Glen races... "I just tried the best I could and overshot the corner and I didn't want to do it this time and so I probably under drove and let those guys be a little closer than I should've".

Denny Hamlin wasn't about to get shoved aside again. Kyle Busch raced Keselowski so hard into Turn 1 that they both missed the corner, allowing Hamlin to dart through into a lead he would not relinquish.

Defending race victor Joey Logano ended up second after Brad Keselowski tapped Martin Truex Jr. from behind on the final turn as Hamlin took the checkered flag. I wanted him to know I wasn't happy after the race. "I went high, and the 78 went high, and by then I was already deep in the corner and got into him and turned him".

Defending race victor Joey Logano took advantage of the melee to finish second ahead of Keselowski and 2014 Watkins Glen victor AJ Allmendinger, who knocked Kyle Larson off the track and into the inside barrier on the way to a fourth-place finish. "He got the bad end of it".

Each time the race was restarted Hamlin maintained his position despite a persistent push from second-place running Martin Truex Jr.

"I just woke up with back spasms this morning", Hamlin told NASCAR.

Just as he did a year ago, Logano started from the pole in the Zippo 200 and dominated, leading 67 of the 82 laps. Logano looked to be on a two-stop strategy, waiting until lap 34 to make his first stop. Hamlin now has won at superspeedways, intermediate and short tracks, and road courses. He gave up the lead to his Team Penske teammate, Keselowski, to pit during the yellow flag.

The race, which featured seven cautions and two red flag stoppages, was shaping up as another duel between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch in the closing laps. "I only made one mistake at Sonoma, and I didn't win".

Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch round out the top five starters. Polesitter Carl Edwards, who led the first 25 laps, finished 15th.

"This is a great testament to the passion and dedication our fans have for Watkins Glen International", Printup said. With the road-course win pairing with a Daytona 500 victory earlier in the season, Hamlin also adds two major wins to his resume.

Brad Keselowski (2) leads a group through the esses during a NASCAR Sprint Cup. Gordon continues his substitute driver role for an injured Dale Earnhardt, a track where he owns four wins. Four races remain in the Sprint Cup regular season.

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