After surviving a long afternoon chaos, Denny Hamlin managed to win the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday. It came as a complete surprise simply because Denny Hamlin was barely in lead the entire afternoon but as the race moved closer to the finishing laps, the not so popular driver emerged as the winner.
More than his driving skills it was his sheer luck that drove him to victory. Many of the best racers were out of the race because of early accidents and with the last lap to go, another accident occurred that proved to be beneficial for Denny Hamlin. The yellow flag was up and when the race was restarted, Hamlin was in the lead in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, eventually winning his first race at Talladega and 24th of his 300 career starts.
Talking about his Sunday-race experience, Hamlin said, “These cars are just so hard to pass believe it or not that you get bottled up, you get where you can’t make any moves. You have to be in those top two lines to do anything. I knew once we were in the top three in those last 20 laps that we were going to be in good shape.”
Following Danny Hamlin was Greg Biffle who finished second. The third place was bagged by Clint Bowyer followed by Brian Vickers in fourth. And finishing at the fifth place was AJ Allmendinger. Menard managed to finish sixth, followed by Harvick who came in seventh. The eight spot went to Kasey Kahne, ninth to Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. contented himself with the 10th place.
The 2014 season has been very unpredictable so far, with Denny Hamlin emerging as the eight different winner this year. Is there more to come? Well, you would have to wait until Saturday when the 5-Hour Energy 400 race would take place at Kansas Speedway.