3 things we learned from Denny Hamlin's NASCAR victory at rainy Darlington Raceway

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

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"We're firing on all eight cylinders!" Bowyer told Fox Sports after his second stage win.

He led 71 laps and ran in the top-10 all night until spinning out with 34 laps to go, forcing the 10th caution of the night. Bowyer took his repairs, but stayed on the lead lap.

The team was in the conversation before the race even started since NASCAR/NFL Hall of Famer and JGR owner Joe Gibbs delivered the invocation. Gibbs' team looked a little more blessed than others.

No. 19 driver Martin Truex Jr. raced his way into a second- and third-place finish, respectively, in the first two stages.

With 60 laps to go, Hamlin had moved into second place behind Elliott while No. 20 driver Erik Jones ran closely behind his JGR teammate. Busch and Truex Jr. ran side-by-side vying for a spot and there was a moment when the Toyotas took the top, where they remained until the abrupt finish.


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