Denny Hamlin Wins at Talladega Superspeedway
(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- Denny Hamlin won his first race of the Sprint Cup season after taking the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
Hamlin held off Greg Biffle on a green-white checkered finish for the victory on his 300th career start in the series.
The win helps Hamlin's chances of making the Chase for the championship.
"We really just want to win races, regardless of the implications of what this means for the Chase," Hamlin said. "I'm still a short-track guy. Those are my roots. But we've come a long way. We couldn't finish 22nd in a restrictor-plate track, now we know we have the cars and the skills to win."
Kevin Harvick finished in fourth and was seeking his second win of the season.
"We were in a good spot there at the end, and what you would want to put yourself in a position to win," Harvick said. "Our line just never formed up."
Biffle led a race-high five laps, but things changed after the late caution flag.
"I looked in the mirror and I saw the smoke behind me, and I wasn't really sure whether the caution was going to come out and I didn't know what to do," Biffle said. "I thought about making my move on (Hamlin) right then because I had a huge run and I could have.
"But I just didn't want to pass too early. I was going to be the lone soldier on the outside lane, and I was going to be 15th by the time we got back around to the start finish line. So I was just waiting. I was setting up to go by him but just never had the chance. I wish I would have known we weren't going to race all the way back."
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