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Denny Hamlin won Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway from pole with the fastest car, but that did not even come close to telling the story of the night. Not only did Hamlin have to battle back from damage and two loose wheels, but he had to chase down Matt DiBenedetto, who led 93 laps, and make a pass for the win in the waning miles. It was a night full of stories and ends with Hamlin joining teammates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. at the top of the winner's board with four race wins on the season.
The series now gets a week to catch its breath with a week off before attacking the final two races of the regular season. Darlington Raceway and the Southern 500 will be first up with a Sunday-night race on Labor Day weekend, and then the Brickyard 400 will finalize the 16 drivers that will battle for the championship. Ryan Newman and Daniel Suarez hold the final two positions in the playoff standings with Clint Bowyer just two points adrift in 17th. Jimmie Johnson may be the bubble driver most in danger of missing out with a 26-point gap to Suarez.
Denny Hamlin – Hamlin's streak of good form continued in Bristol, as he won the pole, jumped out to lead the race's early laps and then put together the fastest car on track at the finish to grab another 2019 win. Multiple loose