Hamlin holds off Biffle for win at Talladega

05/04/2014 4:26 PM

05/04/2014 4:26 PM

Talladega, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Denny Hamlin won a restrictor-plate race for the first time in his Sprint Cup Series career by taking Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin held off Greg Biffle during a two-lap shootout to the finish before the race concluded under caution for debris that came from Justin Allgaier's car. A part of Allgaier's bumper littered the frontstretch after he had spun out on the final lap. Biffle was battling Hamlin for the lead on the backstretch when race officials displayed the caution.

Hamlin scored his 24th win in his 300th career Sprint Cup start. He joined Ned Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch as those drivers who won on their 300th starts.

Biffle ended up finishing a season-best second after leading the most laps with 58. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers were third and fourth, respectively.

Hamlin's win at Talladega virtually guarantees him a berth in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver missed the Chase for the first time in his Sprint Cup career last year when he missed four races early in the season due to a back injury.

This race featured eight cautions, including two for big crashes. The first major accident involved 12 cars and was started by Brad Keselowski when he spun around on lap 137. The second big wreck, involving seven cars, took place on lap 175 when Jimmie Johnson got bumped into by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


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