Denny Hamlin endure a late restart in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix to guarantee his 6th success of the period and secure a spot in the championship shootout.
He will go facing Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr and Kevin Harvick for the title at Homestead one weekend from now, with ruling victor Joey Logano among those wiped out at the penultimate round.
In the wake of ruling the third phase of the 312-lap occasion, Hamlin held a 10-second lead on Joe Gibbs Racing colleague Busch with only a bunch of laps to run when an alert was tossed because of John Hunter Nemecheck reaching the stopping point.
Hamlin’s pace had been to such an extent that only seven cars were left on the lead lap. He drove the septet into the pitlane, where his group fitted his Toyota Camry with simply left-side tires, the #11 developing only in front of Ryan Blaney and Busch.
On a three-lap run to the line, Hamlin was untroubled as he verified JGR’s eighteenth win in 35 Cup races in 2019, and himself entry to the finale at Homestead next Sunday – a result that had looked far-fetched after his accident at Texas seven days prior.
Polesitter Busch ran unequivocally all through the race and will likewise progress by means of his focuses count – his outcome and Truex’s Martinsville win meaning JGR will have three of the four drivers in title dispute, with Stewart-Haas Racing’s Harvick the main interloper.
Blaney was defeated by Busch on the late restart to guarantee third for Team Penske’s Ford Mustang with Kyle Larson the most noteworthy Chevrolet Camaro finisher in fourth for Ganassi. The two drivers had been title contenders making a beeline for Phoenix yet were eliminated.
With their places effectively secure in the title race, Harvick and Truex had calm rushes to fifth and 6th individually, in front of Erik Jones and Clint Bowyer.
Subsequent to winning the second 75-lap stage, reigning Cup champion Logano was solid in his bid to progress through to Homestead yet his race self-destructed during the third arrange.
The victor’s Mustang dropped through the pack, ailing in pace, with Logano portraying his vehicle as “tight” post-race.
Had Hamlin not won the race, at that point Logano would have had his spot, yet the Penske driver could just deal with a ninth-place finish in front of colleague Brad Keselowski and can’t defend his 2018 title.
Chase Elliott’s thin any expectations of a spot in the last title confrontation were finished at an early stage when he collided with the hindrance in his Hendrick Chevrolet.