Race Recap and Results

And then there was four.

The Championship 4 is set for next week‘s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Denny Hamlin raced his way into the title picture Sunday at ISM Raceway.

Hamlin found himself 20 points below the cutline coming into the final race of the Round of 8 and in jeopardy of missing a shot to run for the crown. In what was essentially a must win situation, Hamlin delivered in the Bluegreen Vacations 500.

It came down to a final restart and a bold call by crew chief Chris Gabehart to take only two tires while those behind Hamlin had four. But Hamlin turned in the restart of his life by getting around Ryan Blaney after the green flag reappeared with three laps to go and drove away to the checkered flag.

The finish was the most exciting sequence of Sunday‘s race that featured long green flag runs and not a lot of side-by-side action after four and five wide restarts settled down.

However, Hamlin made it worked in his season-defining pass of Blaney on the final restart. It was good enough to keep his championship hopes very much alive.

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