Carl Edwards led Joe Gibbs Racing with a seventh-place finish in this afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile teammates Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch finished ninth, 13th and 19th respectively.
The night race at Bristol ended nearly 24 hours after it was scheduled to start.
What was supposed to be a night race suddenly became a day race again as rain became the dominating story line at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The start of the race was delayed an hour from its scheduled start time on Saturday night and then the field would race for less than 50 laps before the rain returned forcing a red flag. After another lengthy delay the field began to roll again, but before the green flag could drop a heavy downpour would follow once again and NASCAR officials made the call to suspend the race until Sunday afternoon. The wet story line would continue into Sunday afternoon delaying the restart of the race nearly four hours until just before 5 PM.
When it was over Denny Hamlin would lead Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place finish after rebounding from being two-laps down, while Carl Edwards finished sixth and separate accidents left Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch back in 37th and 39th respectively.
Even with back spasms that put his availability in doubt, Denny Hamlin endured to win the Cheez-It 355 Sunday at Watkins Glen International. That it was his first on a road course added to the accomplishment, as the 35-year-old needed treatment pre-race and wondered if he could compete on the physically demanding seven-turn, 2.45-mile track.
Hamlin merely racing is a testament to his perseverance. Doing so at a high level only adds to the accomplishment. But had he not been able to answer the bell, another Toyota driver would have just taken their turn in victory lane. That’s seemingly how it goes for Toyota, which has seen its two flagship teams, Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing, combine to win 11 of 22 races this season and lead 57 percent of all laps.
Denny Hamlin captured his second win of the season and claimed his first ever road course victory in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth joined Hamlin in the top ten with sixth and 10th-place finishes, while pole-sitter Carl Edwards took the checkered flag in 15th.