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After multiple stops and starts for weather Sunday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Denny Hamlin raced to a near dominating victory in the Dixie Vodka 400. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver spent much of the night battling with other quick drivers, but in the end no one had the speed to challenge him as he pulled away in the final 30 laps after winning both opening stages. The win was Hamlin's third of the season and came with impressive finishes from rookies Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell. Both drivers scored their best finishes in the series.
Talladega Superspeedway is on tap for this weekend with no midweek race on the schedule. Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney won the two visits to that track last season, and both drivers finished in the top five on Sunday. Ford-powered drivers have won nine of the last 11 races at the track with Chevrolet taking two. Toyota has not won at the track since Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in 2014.
Denny Hamlin – Hamlin backed up his Homestead iRacing win during the racing shutdown with the actual race win this past weekend in the Dixie Vodka 400. He battled with Blaney for the first segment win of the night after multiple delays for poor weather and then went on to sweep both stages before claiming the overall win, too. Sunday's race was the first with crew chief Chris Gabehart since he and three others were suspended for four races after ballast