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Denny Hamlin won his fifth race of the season in Thursday night's Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway. The race was another battle between Kevin Harvick and him in the final miles as the pair continue their seesaw battle for supremacy in 2020. Hamlin led 57 laps in total and collected even more points by finishing in the top 10 in the first two stages of the race, too. The pair have separated themselves from the rest of the field since live racing returned in May, but Hamlin's win reversed a brief span of finishes without a top 10. The pair's battle also seems likely to intensify as the final seven races of the regular season wind down and the playoff races loom on the horizon.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts the next round where Harvick swept the wins last season. The Northeastern oval, with its long straights, will mark a different type of racing than fans have witnessed for most of July. However, the usual suspects have a knack for putting themselves into the frame each week regardless of track configuration.
Denny Hamlin – Hamlin came out on top of another late-race battle with Harvick Thursday night at Kansas City to move back to the top of the list for most wins so far this season. Like in many of the races this season, Hamlin was quick from the start and focused on the finish through pit strategy. As the final segment wound down, he consolidated his