(MRN) Denny Hamlin got by Matt DiBenedetto with 12 laps to go and went on to win Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hamlin overcame a night of challenges including falling laps down to the field to get back to Victory Lane for the fourth time this season. It was the 35th victory of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
He wrestled the lead away from DiBenedetto, who learned he was losing his ride in the Leavine Family Racing Toyota next year earlier this week and was trying for his first career win.
“It feels good. My first reaction was I’m sorry to Matt, I know those guys really wanted to win and Matt deserves a win,” Hamlin said. “Watching him do an interview, I get emotional for him, just hate that I had to take it from him.”
Hamlin’s win kept a string of top-five finishes alive for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
“It’s on a roll like I’ve never seen before. It hasn’t been this good in a long time,” Hamlin said.
He led four times for 70 laps.
DiBenedetto was disappointed and emotional in the aftermath of what was still his career-best finish.
“I try not to get emotional but it’s been a tough week and I want to stick around,” he said fighting back tears. “I want so bad to win in the Cup Series and to come that close…Great day, but this one’s going to hurt for sure.”
Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kurt Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney completed the first 10 finishers.
Larson and Kurt Busch won the first two stages.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is now off until Sunday, September 1st at Darlington Raceway.
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2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings
After Race 24: Bristol
|Rank||Driver||Wins||Top 5s||Top 10s||Poles||Points||-Leader||Stage Wins||Playoff Points|
|4||Martin Truex Jr.||4||10||15||0||838||-94||3||23|