Denny Hamlin holds on at Homestead-Miami for 40th Cup Series win

Paola Ditto
Giugno 17, 2020

It was Hamlin's third victory of the season, as he became the Series' first three-time victor in 2020.

Kevin Harvick won that race last week at a similar, 1.5 mile intermediate track, which is part of the reason he is among the favorites to win Sunday's race at Homestead. It was his 40th in 518 Cup starts. He secured it by passing Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott with 30 laps to go. Just 33 laps were completed in a four-hour stretch of fits and starts, and the race didn't find its rhythm until almost 8 p.m. ET.

Chase Elliott led 27 laps and held on for second place in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet. After Elliott led a couple of laps, Blaney took the lead on lap 91. Rookie Tyler Reddick posted a career-best finish of fourth, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five.

In the end, the strategy seemed to pay off as although Harrison Burton came out victorious from Saturday's race, Earndhart did not finish too far behind, placing in fifth. Across a big grandstand, that was a fairly easy task, and allowed NASCAR fans to safely see the action in person.

Fans had to undergo health screenings before entering and, NASCAR said, required to wear face masks and socially distance by six feet at all times.

Fittingly, a very long day was the capper to a very long week for NASCAR - three Cup Series races in eight days, all of them bringing drivers into hot and steamy weather conditions that left many of them exhausted, all wrapped around the ongoing national outcry surrounding the battle for racial equality. Shortly after that, the red flag was shown.

At about 6:20, teams again fired the engines. But before the cars cold leave the pits, NASCAR reported another lightning strike within eight miles of the speedway and the rule that says races can not be restarted until 30 minutes of the last string was invoked.

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