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Hamlin wins final NASCAR iRace at North Wilksboro

Holds off Timmy Hill
Saturday, May 9, 2020

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Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin bookended the makeshift series that was created to fill NASCAR’s on-track racing void due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway back on March 22 and then won the finale at North Wilkesboro Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

There was a late-race caution with 25 laps to go that forced a restart with 15 laps remaining in the 160-lap event. Ross Chastain and Timmy Hill were out front when the green flag waved, but Hamlin passed Hill in the No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota with 12 laps to go. Chastain’s No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford then got loose with nine laps to go, allowing Hamlin to take the lead.

Hill wound up second. Tyler Reddick came in third, while Chastain finished fourth. Austin Dillon completed the top five.

Garrett Smithley, Brennan Poole, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Harvick and Landon Cassill rounded out the top 10 in order.

Other notable finishes included Jon Wood in 13th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 15th and Jeff Gordon in 18th. Making his first and last series start, Martin Truex Jr. ended up 20th after spinning with 13 lags to go.

NASCAR will now return to live racing May 17 at Darlington Raceway (3:30 p.m. on FOX/FOX Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Results

POS

No.

DRIVER

BEHIND

1

11

Denny Hamlin

Leader

2

66

Timmy Hill

0.914

3

31

Tyler Reddick

2.700

4

6

Ross Chastain

3.678

5

3

Austin Dillon

3.775

6

51

Garrett Smithley

3.796

7

15

Brennan Poole

4.757

8

77

Parker Kligerman

5.103

9

4

Kevin Harvick

5.725

10

89

Landon Cassill

6.048

11

52

Jj Yeley

6.325

12

14

Clint Bowyer

8.164

13

21

Jon Wood

8.560

14

95

Christopher Bell

9.375

15

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr

10.727

16

41

Cole Custer

11.244

17

53

Joey Gase

11.350

18

24

Jeff Gordon

13.973

19

018

Bobby Labonte

14.671

20

19

Martin Truex Jr

17.089

21

17

Chris Buescher

102.076

22

20

Erik Jones

197.755

23

18

Kyle Busch

2.333

24

38

John Hunter Nemechek

12.261

25

32

Corey Lajoie

44.804

26

10

Aric Almirola

24.487

27

37

Ryan Preece

13.282

28

34

Michael Mcdowell

2.010

29

13

Ty Dillon

69.315


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