While there was some attrition due to wrecks, the race was actually less crash filled than the Cup Busch Clash race on Sunday. That was insane.
Denny Hamlin led a dominating 153 laps to win and advance to the next round of the playoffs. Although 10 drivers officially led laps, Kyle Larson was next in line with 60 and Martin Truex, Jr. led 33. After that, no single driver led more than 7 laps.
Going into this race, we all knew the JGR teams were going to be tough to beat, but I don’t think anyone thought they would go 1-2-3-4 at the finish. Nor did anyone think that two of the drivers would set the pace leading 311 of the 400 laps. If you are a Toyota fan, this was your race.
Evidently, the other 23 cars, or so, are just supposed to pull over and let the playoff drivers run through the field and battle for the win amongst themselves. Or at least that is what you would think after listening to the drivers complain all race long and then even after the race.
After a tumultuous week that saw Matt DiBenedetto lose his ride for 2020, he nearly pulled off the impossible Saturday night at Bristol.