Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin held off a hard charging Kyle Larson to win the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 in overtime Saturday night.
Hamlin moved into the lead on Lap 322 of 400 when the Toyota driver won the race off pit road under caution. A total of six yellow flags then came out, with the last coming after Regan Smith hit the wall on Lap 399 of 400 and forced overtime.
Under yellow ahead of the overtime laps, Larson pitted for fresh tires and was 12th for the restart. When the green came back out for the last time, the Chevrolet driver managed to move from 12th to second, however he didn’t have the speed to reel in Hamlin – who crossed the finish line .609 seconds ahead of him.
The race, which hosted a record 16 caution periods, decided the Chase fates of numerous drivers. Kasey Kahne needed a win Saturday to make the chase but turned up sixth, while Ryan Newman’s chase hopes ended after he wrecked on Lap 363.
Rookie Chris Buescher clinched a spot in the Chase after taking a surprise win at Pocono earlier this year, while fellow series newcomer Chase Elliott also made his way into the Chase Saturday with a 19th place finish. Jamie McMurray’s seventh place finish was good enough to put the Chip Ganassi driver in the playoff, while Austin Dillon’s 13th place result was also good enough for a Chase berth.
The remaining Chase drivers for 2016 include Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.