Hamlin nabs another victory in dominating fashion at Homestead
Hamlin received the primary two levels and led probably the most laps (137) by far in getting the victory in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The victory was his third on the 1.5-mile Homestead oval and the 40th in 518 profession Cup begins.
“I had a powerful automotive all day, clearly with the laps led,” stated Hamlin, who kicked off the season by successful the Daytona 500.
He secured Sunday’s win by passing Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott with 30 laps to go.
“I knew that if I used to be simply affected person and ran the tempo I needed and the tempo I used to be snug with, we had been going to be laborious to beat in the long term,” Hamlin stated.
The seven-hour race got here on account of quite a few delays for lightning.
Elliott completed second, .89 seconds again.
“I simply wanted to get by means of lapped visitors higher,” Elliott stated.
His “Camaro was a lot adequate to win,” Elliott stated. “I believed we executed a very nice race. I stored it off the wall virtually the entire race – I obtained it there on the finish. However I am pleased with the trouble. We’re bringing quick vehicles proper now.”
Ryan Blaney of Staff Penske completed third.
Fourth was rookie Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing. His end was by far his finest in Cup. He obtained it by discovering a consolation zone working close to the wall a lot of the night time.
“It was only a wrestle to determine what lane was going to be higher for me in attempting to get the lead and maintain it,” stated Reddick, who received two Xfinity Sequence championships. “All in all, stable effort.”
Fifth was Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing.
NASCAR allowed as much as 1,000 spectators, all members of the army or first responders, to take a seat within the grandstands. That made the race the primary sporting occasion in America to be watched dwell by spectators since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Followers needed to endure well being screenings earlier than coming into and had been required to put on face masks and socially distance by six ft always, NASCAR stated.
The beginning of the race was delayed by little greater than an hour after a light-weight rain started to fall simply because the command to start out engines was to have been made. After 5 laps, the yellow flag waved for lightning inside eight miles of the observe. Shortly after that, the crimson flag was proven.
At about 6:20, groups once more fired the engines. However earlier than the vehicles might depart the pits, NASCAR reported one other lightning strike inside eight miles of the speedway and the rule that claims races can’t be restarted till 30 minutes of the final string was invoked. At 7:10, the race went inexperienced. On Lap 33, extra lightning and one other crimson flag.
The race restarted but once more at eight:15.
Sunday’s was the 12th race of the season and eighth for the reason that pandemic pressured a two-plus-month hiatus.