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The Pit Stop


May 11, 2007 10:13 PM

Hamlin goes back to back at Darlington.

Earlier Today Denny Hamlin won the poll for the Diamond Hill 200 at Darlington Raceway. It is a short 200-mile race on this 1.366 mile oval.

Bobby Labonte stated that Mark Martin and Terry Labonte helped him learn how to drive this race track.

Around lap 17 Matt Kenseth passes Denny Hamlin for the lead of the race and then on lap 22 a debris caution comes out for what seems like a banner that is frayed.

Hamlin retakes the lead off the pit road. Lap 35 saw caution right after Greg Biffle took the lead of the race for a Marcos Ambrose Spin. The green flag drops and it did not take long for the caution to fly again on lap 43 for the cars of Todd Kluever and Aric Almirola that get together out on the racetrack.

The top 16 cars did not pit, but the next green flag run did not last long at all as the caution comes out on lap 52 for Brent Sherman. The top 16 cars pit and Hamlin led the cars off pit road. Regan Smith though takes over the lead of the race.

The next caution comes out on lap 65 for the spinning car of Ryan Newman. Lap 73 saw a Steve Wallace Crash. That caution finally led to a long green flag run which had Jason Leffler in the lead for a while until the Denny Hamlin took the lead of the race on lap 95.

He quickly busts open a 3 plus second lead over Leffler which goes to junk pile with 35 laps to as Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski get together. The leaders pit and Hamlin again leads the cars off pit road with Carl Edwards in second place.

The green flag drops and a few laps go by and Paul Menard spins out.

David Gilliland hits the wall hard and then Shane Huffman with nowhere to go gets smashed with 19 laps to go.

After a lengthy cleanup the green flag dropped with 12 laps to go with Denny Hamlin in the lead with Carl Edwards in second and Mark Martin in third. One laps goes by and the caution comes out again as the Bobby Labonte takes a massive hit on the inside wall with some help from David Reutimann.

With eight laps to go they stop the race to clean up the mess from Bobby’s car. Hamlin gets a great final restart on his way to the win of the race. Mark Martin was able to get around Carl Edwards for second place with 2 laps to go.

The win makes his second win in a row at this racetrack.

“One of the greatest days of my career”, said Martin. He super praised working this team.

“Great season for us so far,” said Hamlin. When asked where this trophy is going he stated he wanted the trophy to go to Virginia Tech.

In points Carl Edwards moves up to 433 points over Kevin Harvick, but makes a massive move up to 599 points over the third place person in points David Reutimann. David was only 525 points back going into this race.

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