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Denny Hamlin

Hamlin outduels Larson, Logano to win Charlotte Xfinity race

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin passed Kyle Larson and Joey Logano in overtime to win the Xfinity Series race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Larson appeared to have victory in his sights, but a caution came out with two laps to go when Erik Jones' tire went down, forcing a two-lap overtime situation.

Hamlin, who was penalized earlier for an uncontrolled tire, says "we chose to play the tire game and it worked out."

Larson and Logano, who were running 1-2, elected to stay on the track while Hamlin pitted for four tires. The strategy proved correct as Hamlin first passed Larson, who got loose and hit the wall, and then Logano to win going away.

Standings: NASCAR Sprint Cup

As of: GEICO 500
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kevin Harvick3512
2Kyle Busch3424
3Carl Edwards3371
4Jimmie Johnson3293
5Joey Logano3165
6Kurt Busch3126
7Brad Keselowski3009
8Dale Earnhardt Jr.2797
9Martin Truex Jr.27410
10Austin Dillon27212
11Chase Elliott27111
12Denny Hamlin2698