Denny Hamlin wins Stage 2 of Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

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Denny Hamlin went from the back of the pack during Stage 1 of today’s Geico 500 to win Stage 2 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin led 41 of Stage 2’s 55 laps.

Kevin Harvick finished second, the only other driver to lead a lap in the stage. Ryan Blaney roared up through the pack in the closing laps to finish third, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.

Stage 1 winner Brad Keselowski finished 13th in Stage 2, while pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished second in Stage 1, finished 30th in Stage 2.

There was one incident of note in the second stage. Reed Sorenson hit the wall in a single-car wreck after losing a tire.

Clint Bowyer, who led early in the stage, was penalized for an uncontrolled tire.

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