Friday, July 20, 2018
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Denny Hamlin pounces in overtime to take Xfinity series win

CONCORD, N.C. — It looked for a moment as if Kyle Larson would get his revenge on Joey Logano for beating him out last weekend to win the Sprint Cup All-Star Race.

But then Denny Hamlin — aided by a timely caution flag — powered past.

Hamlin passed Larson and Logano in overtime to win Saturday's Xfinity series Hisense 4K TV 300 at a hot, slick Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"It was a second opportunity. I was hoping for that caution and we got it," Hamlin said.

Larson passed Logano with six laps left for the lead. But Erik Jones had a tire go down with less than two laps to go, bringing out the yellow flag and forcing a two-lap overtime, prompting Larson's crew chief Mike Shiplett to throw up his hands in utter frustration.

"I'm disappointed — but I'm used to it by now," Larson said.

Larson and Logano, who were 1-2, elected to stay on the track while Hamlin pitted for four tires. The strategy proved correct for Hamlin.

Hamlin, sixth on the restart, first passed Larson, who got loose and hit the wall, then Logano to win going away. Logano and Larson had run 40 laps on old tires and couldn't compete.

Formula One: Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo earned the first pole position of his career for today's Grand Prix of Monaco in Monte Carlo, acing out Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg, the points leader, and two-time defending series champion Lewis Hamilton. "I will sleep easier … knowing I set out what I tried to do, getting my first pole," Ricciardo said. "Monaco is a driver's circuit."

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Published: 07/19/18