Hamlin wins Richmond NASCAR Cup race in wild overtime finish

Hamlin wins Richmond NASCAR Cup race in wild overtime finish

Truex Jr. had dominated what ended up being a very uneventful race – leading 228 of the 407 laps – and appeared to have his first win of the 2024 season well in hand when Kyle Larson got spun out with one lap remaining and sent the race into overtime.

All of the lead lap cars elected to pit for new tires under the caution and Hamlin beat Truex off pit road to lead the way on the restart.

Hamlin got a good jump on Truex to clear for the lead as Truex raced hard with Larson and Logano through Turns 1 and 2 before Hamlin edged Logano by 0.269 seconds at the checkered flag to secure his second win of the season.

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After taking the checkered flag, an apparently upset Truex rammed into Larson entering Turn 1 and then bumped Hamlin’s car from behind three times on the cool down lap.

The win is the 53rd of Hamlin’s career and the fifth at his home track of Richmond.

Larson ended up third, Truex fourth and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

Completing the top 10 were Christopher Bell, William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher and Tyler Reddick.

Stage 1

Larson took the Stage 1 win over Wallace when a late caution came out for a spin by Daniel Suarez. Alex Bowman was third, Truex fourth and Logano rounded out the top five.

With light rain still in the area, NASCAR had teams start the race on wet weather tires, marking the first time in history that sport raced competitively on an oval in damp conditions.


During a competition caution on lap 30, NASCAR allowed teams to switch to slick tires without losing their position on the track.

Stage 2

Truex easily held off Josh Berry to take the win in an uneventful Stage 2. Logano was third, Larson fourth and Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Stage 3

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, the lead lap cars all pit with Truex first off pit road. When the race returned to green on lap 241, Truex led Larson and Hamlin.

On lap 287, several cars, including leader Truex, kicked off a round of green flag pit stops to take on new tires and fuel and utilizing a two-stop strategy in the final stage.

The round of stops was completed on lap 295 when Bell was the last lead lap car to pit and Truex cycled back to the lead.

Bell was penalized for speeding during his stop and had to serve a pass-through penalty which left him back in 19th and one lap down.

Reddick and Chase Briscoe were among the first drivers to…

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