Denny Hamlin beats Kyle Bush to win Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Wild in overtime

Concord, NC – This was the only race Denny Hamlin He was dreaming of it.

Hamlin finally got the win he’s been coveting for the past 17 years, as teammate Joe Gibbs Racing leads Kyle Bush in overtime Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway to win the longest – and perhaps most brutal – Coca-Cola 600 in history.

Hamlin, who has won the Daytona 500 and the Southern 500 three times each, is an All-Star race, and 48 times in the Cup Series. “We haven’t been good all day, but we have put ourselves in the right place at the right time.”

Car owner Joe Gibbs said he knew this was an important win for Hamlin.

“With my debt to race this hard and long and to be here and know how important this race is here in the backyard, that is just a huge deal,” Gibbs said.

NASCAR’s longest and grueling race lasted more than five hours and took 619 miles to complete. There were 18 warning signals, and 16 drivers failed to finish. The race was marked by 12 car wrecks and a crash Chris BucherA car flips five times before coming to a stop.

Defend the racing champion Kyle Larson He struggled with adversity all night, suffered two kicks, a pit booth fire and in the back of his car and a pop-up wagon. However, he found himself in front of a golden opportunity to win when he advanced with 46 laps remaining.

But with two cycles remaining, Chase Briscoe He tried to overtake Larson and crashed, taking out the yellow warning flag and sending the race into overtime.

Larson had the inside pass when restarting in overtime, but Austin Dillon He got a boost from the second grade and was soon running on fours wide with Larson, Hamlin and Ross Chastain.

This was followed by a multi-vehicle collision with Larson nibbling Dillon, causing the two cars to spin.

“I backed off a little bit and tried to make it stick,” Dillon said. “It didn’t work out there. I had to do what I had to do to win the race given the points we got. We had a chance there to bring another 600 home.”

The accident ended Larsson’s chance of becoming the first repeat winner of the event since then Jimmy Johnson He won a treble in a row from 2003-2005. Larson finished in ninth place.

It also prepared Hamlin for the win.

In the following second half, Hamlin took the lead and fended off Bosch for the win. Kevin Harvick He finished third, and Briscoe finished fourth.

“Given how my day went, I would have just finished fourth,” Hamlin said.

There was a huge wreck on lap 192 where Ryan Blaney, who won the All-Star race last weekend, got really low on a yard at the bottom of the track and stitched again on the track. That started a chain reaction that caught 12 cars, and sent some of NASCAR’s top stars – Kurt BoschAnd the Brad KeselowskiAnd the Bubba WallaceAnd the William Byron And the Chase Elliot Among them – behind the wall for good.

Elliott had made 93 laps before the crash and seemed to be the car to beat.

“It’s a mess outside,” Byron said. “You can’t drive on the side a little lower or you’re wrecked. So if one of them veers a little bit, we all crash. Either that causes other people to go out or they spin around. Just a mess.”

“I think I hit about 15 different things,” Kurt Busch said.

Blaney said the wreck fell when it was too low.

“Oh my God, I hate that,” Blaney said. “It makes you feel so stupid to do that. I’d hate to tore up our car and a bunch of others…I didn’t know where I was and I’m making a mistake.”

The shipwrecks are not over, as the Ford Buescher’s #17 capsized five times before landing on its deck after hitting the front extension with Daniel Suarez. Buescher had to wait for track officials to flip his car again before he could get out of the car.

He said it was more painful than his previous flip in Talladega.

“I appreciate them helping me and getting him back again, so thank you to everyone working for not responding,” Boecher said. “It was nice to be able to get out. The blood rushes to your head a little bit. I think I could have pulled the belts and fallen to the floor, but I figured I’d just wait for it.”

Elliott won the first stage, while his TrackHouse Racing teammates Suarez and Chastain won the second and third stages, respectively.

The race also included Tanner Andrews, a tire changer for Joey LoganoPit crew, cut right foot by pop-up cradle Hamlin on pit road.

The NASCAR Cup Series next heads to the St. Louis area on Sunday.