Denny Hamlin claims victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in Cup spring race

Denny Hamlin claims victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in Cup spring race

Denny Hamlin emerged as the victor in the first spring Cup race on the Bristol concrete since 2020, leading a one-two finish for Joe Gibbs Racing with Martin Truex Jr. right behind him. Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson completed the top five positions in the race. The win marked Hamlin’s 52nd career Cup victory and his fourth at Bristol.

Sunday’s race at Bristol was characterized by the importance of managing tires rather than track position. The Goodyear tires used in the race, which were the same tire codes as the previous season’s playoff race at Bristol, did not lay down rubber as expected, resulting in extra wear and causing multiple drivers to spin due to issues with the right-side tires. Teams began the day with 10 sets of tires, with an additional set provided early in the race in response to the significant tire wear.

Despite the additional set of tires, drivers and teams still needed to carefully manage their equipment during the race. The need to monitor for issues with the right front or right rear tires became crucial after crossing 40 green flag laps on a set of tires. Ty Gibbs emerged as the stage 1 and stage 2 winner in an eventful race at Bristol.

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