Denny Hamlin‘s gamble not to pit late put him in the lead and allowed him to move into the lead and he held on to win as rain shortened Wednesday night’s race at Darlington Raceway.
The victory was Hamlin’s second of the year. He won this year’s Daytona 500.
Kyle Busch, who said he made a mistake in causing Chase Elliott to crash late, finished second. Kevin Harvick, who won Sunday’s Cup race at Darlington, finished third.
Kevin Harvick remains the points leader after his third-place finisher. He has not finished outside the top 10 in the season’s first six races. William Byron climbed five spots to be 16th in the standings and what could be the playoff cutoff position. Byron gained those spots by finishing 12th Wednesday.