Hamlin claims second win at Bojangles' Southern 500

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The former Hendrick Motorsports driver stepped away from full-time driving two years ago and is working for Fox but filled in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. last season. "To be in contention like we have - on the race track, on pit road, engines, just the whole nine-yards".

With newer tires, Hamlin and Busch quickly raced up through the field. He got up to Truex's bumper with three laps before moving low around lapped traffic to take the lead. The two exceptions were Hamlin and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

"You used to have to manage tires, your equipment, all these things to manage a race to get the most out of any given weekend, let alone a track as unique as Darlington", said Bowyer, whose Ford is carrying Martin's Carolina Ford Dealers paint scheme. Truex leads Kyle Busch by 101 points.Eleven different drivers have won the last 11 races at Darlington, and only Jimmie Johnson (3) has won a few times there among active drivers.

Truex won the first two stages in the initial 200 laps of the 367-lap race.

GMS Racing has decided not to go Cup racing in 2018 after a hard season running the XFINITY Series with rookie Spencer Gallagher.The decision is important because it keeps another option unavailable for prized free agents Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth, who desperately need a team with its own money to bring them to the table rather than one that requires a driver to bring millions in sponsorship.

Meanwhile, Truex finished eighth but clinched the regular-season title for the Monster Energy Series Sunday thanks to two stage wins.

DARLINGTON, S.C. - If Denny Hamlin's in the Xfinity lineup at Darlington Raceway, he'll be tough to beat. "I knew he gave up 10 seconds on the leaders, and ultimately, as much as I was trying to coach him to get mad and get even with everyone else, I knew it was hard to make up 10 seconds over one stint". Last race: Kyle Busch became the first driver since April to win from the pole. Clint Bowyer's vehicle stalled on pit road before heading to the garage with a blown engine. This place is so tough, and to run 498 miles an inch from the fence and scrape it four or five times with the right rear and never tear my vehicle up and be leading the race is something I'm really proud of. Then, in the final lap of the first stage, he surged underneath Larson at the last possible instant and edged Larson for the stage's bonus point by half a auto length. A tire problem in the final 10 laps of the first stage, though, resulted in the loss of several positions.

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It's the seventh time this season Truex has started second. Larson led for about half the time, but when the caution came out in the 198th lap, of course Truex Jr. was in the lead.

Truex, the series points leader, who has won four times this season, finished with a lap of 177.077 miles per hour.

Joe Gibbs Racing star Denny Hamlin's throwback scheme for Sunday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 was not only a throwback to his Virginia racing heritage, but also the first racing job that set the groundwork for what turned out to be a NASCAR Hall of Fame career for Rick Hendrick.

Jimmie Johnson, who qualified 18th, said when he joined the Cup series in 2002 competing at Darlington was about racing the track.

Hamlin led 124 laps and looked as if he was easily on the way to a second Southern 500 title after winning in 2008. The next one is to win the Southern 500.

Hamlin swept the weekend at Darlington, having won the Xfinity race Saturday. The throwback paint scheme is in honor of the 1972-73 Chevy Chevelle driven by Whitt's grandfather at Cajon Speedway and also the races he ran in the NASCAR Winston Cup West Series. "So proud to be back in Victory Lane in the Southern 500".

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