Hamlin picks up 31st career win at Darlington


By Dominic Aragon
September 4, 2017

Denny Hamlin came away victorious Sunday night in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway for his 31st career win in NASCAR’s premiere series.

Hamlin closed a multi-second gap and passed race leader Martin Truex Jr. with three laps to go.

“This is a throwback to my history; this is for Roy Hendrick, Bugs Hairfield, Wayne Patterson, Eddie Johnson, the short track guys that I grew up watching,” said Hamlin, whose paint scheme was a throwback to “Mr. Modified” Ray Hendrick.

STAGE ONE (LAPS 1-100)
Polesitter Kevin Harvick led the opening 18 laps.

The stage saw two cautions flags for two on-track incidents; the first involving Trevor Bayne and A.J. Allmendinger, and the second for a Ricky Stenhouse Jr. incident in Turn 4.

The stage saw different drivers lead with Larson leading a majority of the laps (78).

Truex Jr. won the stage on a last lap pass of Larson. Denny Hamlin finished third.

STAGE TWO (LAPS 101-200)
Larson led the most laps in the stage (45).

Truex Jr. won the stage for his 17th stage victory of the season. Hamlin was second and Harvick was third.

OVERALL
The margin of victory was 2.599 seconds.

This was Denny Hamlin’s second victory of 2017.

Eight drivers finished on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson led the most laps in the race (124).

Erik Jones was the highest finishing rookie in fifth.

35 drivers were running at the finish.

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SOURCES
ESPN
Racing-Reference.info
Toyota Racing

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