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Denny Hamlin Wins NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Moves To Round Of 8

Denny Hamlin knows how to open each playoff round by winning. He followed up his playoff opening win at Darlington with a win Sunday night at Las Vegas in the first race of the second round. The Darlington win locked him into the second round of the playoffs. Sunday night's win locks him into the third round of the playoffs.

“It feels so good to win in Vegas,” Hamlin said. “Last couple times, I’ve been so close, just didn’t have the right brakes. But they dialed the car in great and we were able to hold those guys off.”

Chase Elliott closed in on Hamlin late but was unable to get past him and eventually finished second, about a half second behind the leader.

Kyle Busch finished third in his 600th career race and Martin Truex Jr. was fourth as Joe Gibbs Racing had three Toyota's finish in the top four. Tyler Reddick finished fifth in his Chevrolet after he was second to Hamlin before the final set of pit stops. Reddick ran longer than Hamlin before his final pit stop and that hurt his opportunity for a win.

Final Results:

  1. Denny Hamlin (P)

  2. Chase Elliott (P)

  3. Kyle Busch (P)

  4. Martin Truex Jr. (P)

  5. Tyler Reddick

  6. Ryan Blaney (P)

  7. Brad Keselowski (P)

  8. Kevin Harvick (P)

  9. Kurt Busch

  10. Kyle Larson (P)

  11. Joey Logano (P)

  12. Matt DiBenedetto

  13. Chase Briscoe

  14. Austin Dillon

  15. Daniel Suarez

  16. Bubba Wallace

  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

  18. William Byron (P)

  19. Aric Almirola

  20. Ryan Newman

  21. Michael McDowell

  22. Alex Bowman (P)

  23. Ross Chastain

  24. Christopher Bell (P)

  25. Erik Jones

  26. Chris Buescher

  27. Anthony Alfredo

  28. Cole Custer

  29. Ryan Preece

  30. Corey LaJoie

  31. Cody Ware

  32. Justin Haley

  33. BJ McLeod

  34. Quin Houff

  35. Garrett Smithley

  36. Josh Bilicki

  37. Joey Gase

  38. JJ Yeley

Check out the highlights by Edward Sutelan at the Sporting News:

Chris Estrada has the recap for NBC Sports:

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