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Hamlin wins 52nd Cup Series race at Bristol

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Express Oil Change sponsored driver Denny Hamlin won the Food City 500 on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. This was his first win of the season.

The Virginia native now has 52 NASCAR Cup Series wins. He has won four races over the last two seasons.

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500
Denny Hamlin celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

“My favorite racetrack!” Hamlin exclaimed over his radio while taking the checkered flag. “We got another.”

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Hamlin is the fifth different driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race to begin the season. Besides Hamlin, William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell also won races.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates finished in the Top 2 spots. Auto Owners Insurance sponsored driver Martin Truex Jr. finished second.

Combined, these two drivers led 217 laps. Hamlin led a race-high 163 laps.

King’s Hawaiian-sponsored driver Brad Keselowski finished third. He was the only Ford in the Top 5.

Ally-sponsored driver Alex Bowman finished fourth in his Chevrolet. His teammate and sponsored driver Kyle Larson finished fifth.

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“It was weird,” Larson said. “I accidentally finished fifth. I’ll take it. I hope I never have to run another race like that again.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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