Hamlin defeats Chastain to clinch the Pocono NASCAR Cup race

Poconos Raceway 2022

On Sunday, Denny Hamlin achieved two of his goals: revenge on Ross Chastain and then another NASCAR Cup Series triumph.

Poconos Raceway 2022

On the first lap of Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, pole-sitter Hamlin ran into the wall. All 160 of his laps were eventful on his way to the win.

In an effort to take the lead, Hamlin drove Ross Chastain up the track and into the barrier on Lap 143 after he spun out of Turn 2 on Lap 41, bringing out a caution.

After that, Hamlin managed to hold off Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing by 0.927 secs while while attempting to conserve fuel to take home his third victory of the 2022 season and sixth at Pocono.

He now shares the record for most victories in a single career with Tony Stewart, a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with 49.

“It was the team. They had a great strategy there to get us back up front from a mistake I made,” Hamlin said.

This season, Chastain and Hamlin have clashed numerous times on the racetrack, with Hamlin warning retaliation would come at a time of his choice.

Hamlin responded when questioned whether it was retaliation: “What did you want me to do? What did you expect me to do? We got position on him and he just ran out of race track.

“We’re going to just keep racing hard until we get the respect back from these guys. We’ve been wrecked four times – twice while leading – in the last 10 months and I’m just at the end of it.”

Hamlin claimed he never imagined his NASCAR career would be that successful.

“I just wanted to be a local short track racer in Virginia. That’s all I really cared about,” he said. “I was able to get a great break from J.D. Gibbs and that’s why I’m driving the No. 11 for Joe Gibbs Racing.”

Tyler Reddick came in fourth, Chase Elliott third, and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five.

Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr., and Bubba Wallace made up the final ten.

Ty Gibbs, a regular in the Xfinity Series, placed 18th in his Cup Series start. He took Kurt Busch’s seat on Sunday morning. Due to ongoing symptoms from a concussion sustained in a crash in qualifying on Saturday, Busch was forced to sit out the race.

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