Hamlin wins playoff opener, Darlington results

Denny Hamlin led 146 laps on Sunday night. Most importantly the driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry led the final one of the 367 lap race earning his first win of the 2021 season.

Hamlin’s first win of the year also took place in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener meaning the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will now move into the round of 12.

Kyle Larson finished second with Ross Chastain, the first driver not in the playoffs, third.

Several playoff drivers had trouble on Sunday night with Michael McDowell, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney and Christopher Bell all finishing 20th or worse.

Darlington Cook Out Southern 500 Results

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Ross Chastain
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Chris Buescher
  10. Austin Dillon
  11. Cole Custer
  12. Ryan Preece
  13. Daniel Suarez
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Corey LaJoie
  16. Aric Almirola
  17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  18. Tyler Reddick
  19. Chase Briscoe
  20. Christopher Bell
  21. Bubba Wallace
  22. Ryan Blaney
  23. Matt DiBenedetto
  24. Anthony Alfredo
  25. Justin Haley
  26. Alex Bowman
  27. BJ McLeod
  28. Josh Bilicki
  29. Joey Gase
  30. Quin Houff
  31. Chase Elliott
  32. Erik Jones
  33. Cody Ware
  34. William Byron
  35. Kyle Busch
  36. James Davison
  37. Michael McDowell

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