Ham­lin win caps Po­cono 3­race day

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Denny Ham­lin held off Kevin Har­vick on Sunday night to win the sec­ond Cup race of the week­end at Po­cono Race­way in Penn­syl­va­nia to flip the re­sult of the opener.

Ham­lin raced to his fourth vic­tory of the sea­son — and sixth at Po­cono — to cap a wild, marathon day of racing at the track, with three NASCAR races and a near­dark­ness Cup fin­ish. Po­cono doesn’t have lights, but the pit road numbers were lit as Ham­lin took the check­ered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Ham­lin had a late vi­bra­tion in his No. 11 Toy­ota on Satur­day that hin­dered his at­tempt to catch Har­vick down the stretch. About 25 hours later, Ham­lin surged past Har­vick and built a nearly 3­sec­ond lead; Har­vick’s se­ri­ous run at the vic­tory slowed be­cause of a loose wheel.

The Day­tona 500 cham­pion won the fi­nale of the first NASCAR triple­header at one track. The race was de­layed by light­ning and rain, as much a part of Po­cono as a JGR driver tak­ing the check­ered flag. Gibbs’ ros­ter has six of the past seven win­ners at the 21⁄2 mile tri­oval.

In the first race of the day, Bran­don Jones surged down the fi­nal two laps to win the wreck­filled Truck Se­ries race. In the Xfin­ity race, Chase Briscoe held off Ross Chas­tain in over­time to win a crash­filled race.

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