Denny Hamlin sweeps stages, wins Cup race at Homestead

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Three weather delays.

Yes, that is how the day began prior to the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway getting underway. There was an hour delay for rain prior to the first lap. Once the race got started, lightning would than delay the race. The first occurred on lap three and would last over two hours. In those first 20 laps, pole sitter Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano would share the lead.

The race got going for a second time but lightning would hold it once again on lap 31. Fortunately, this delay only lasted 38 minutes and the race finally received a chance to play out.

Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and rookie Tyler Reddick would battle for the lead after the restart until Blaney cleared to lead the next 39 laps. Reddick and Elliott would fade late in the stage, but Hamlin would be able to get up to Blaney and clear him with nine laps left in the stage to win it.

Notable names such as Kevin Harvick and Logano did not earn stage points as they would collect damage on pit road making contact with Quin Houff.

Stage two saw the same story with Blaney leading early, and then Hamlin winning the stage after cycling to the lead following green flag pit stops. Martin Truex Jr. would work his way into the top 10 and earn four stage points. Austin Dillon, whose wife gave birth to their first son early Sunday morning, finished eighth in the stage.

The race would come down to a two-car battle between Elliott and Hamlin. Elliott would cycle to the lead following green flag pit stops, but Hamlin would wind up getting by Elliott with 30 to go, thanks to being held up by Logano. Hamlin would hold off Elliott to score his third win of 2020 and the 40th of his career.

Blaney finished third for a third time this season. Reddick scored his first career top-five finish with a fourth-place run, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five for his best finish of the year.

Kyle Busch struggled all day, but hung in there to score a sixth-place finish. Dillon scored his fourth top-10 of 2020. Rookie Christopher Bell scored his best career Cup finish with an eighth-place run. Byron and Keselowski rounded out the top 10.

The Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday.

Race results: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/15/2020-12cup-results.pdf

Driver points: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/15/2020-12cup-points.pdf

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