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Denny Hamlin finished sixth in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, narrowly avoiding multiple wrecks throughout the final Stage of the race to capture his 18th top-10 of the 2017 season. The race's final 78-lap Stage was plagued with multi-car accidents that resulted in six cautions as the laps ticked away. With 16 laps remaining in the 188-lap event, Talladega's infamous "Big One" erupted directly in front of Hamlin, but he was able to maneuver directly through the 16-car wreckage completely unscathed. In the remaining 10 laps at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, Hamlin carefully avoided two more multi-car incidents directly ahead of him and the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota. Surviving the race's mass carnage in the last Stage, Hamlin lined up fourth for the event's final green-white-checkered restart. He jockeyed for position across every lane but found it hard to hold onto a steady run in the draft, and Hamlin crossed the finish line in sixth.
The Series heads to Kansas Speedway this Sunday for the next cut-off race in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs that will narrow down the Playoffs field from twelve to eight competitors. Hamlin currently sits fifth in the Playoff points standings, and will be looking to get a win at Kansas to secure his spot in the Round of 8. He last won at the 1.5-mile track in 2012, and has captured four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 18 career starts there. Hamlin was caught up in an incident in the closing laps of the race earlier this year at Kansas, resulting in a 23rd-place finish.
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Denny Hamlin finished sixth in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, narrowly avoiding multiple wrecks throughout the final Stage of the race to capture his 18th top-10 of the 2017 season in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota. See full post-race report