Denny Hamlin won for the fourth time at Pocono, pulling away from teammate Kyle Busch after a late restart Sunday in the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Long Pond, Pa.
LONG POND, Pa. — Denny Hamlin is so enamored with the No. 11 Toyota he won in Sunday at Pocono he has asked team owner Joe Gibbs if he can keep the car when it is finally taken out of the rotation.
After watching Hamlin celebrate a little too much after another triumph at the 2.5-mile triangular track, Gibbs isn’t certain Hamlin can foot the repair bill.
Hamlin whooped it up after collecting his fourth victory at the track, doing a lengthy burnout that ended up with the car smacking the wall.
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“Obviously I wouldn’t want to damage a car that I’m a future owner of,” Hamlin said while sitting next to Gibbs.
“I’m not so sure you can afford it,” Gibbs interjected.
Hamlin’s fourth victory of the season vaulted him to third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, behind leader Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Busch, Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, finished second in the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500.
As Hamlin roared to the finish, a massive wreck behind him involved nine cars, including the No. 9 Ford driven by Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw.
None of the drivers was injured in the wreck, but Kahne’s car briefly was spinning atop the retaining wall after colliding with Richard Petty Motorsports teammate A.J. Allmendinger.
“I don’t know what A.J. was doing there,” said Kahne, who finished 27th. “I don’t ever really talk to him much, but you can bet I will be talking to him this week.”
Allmendinger took responsibility for the wreck.
Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., driver of the No. 16 Ford, also was in the crash.
Allmendinger “totally caused that whole thing,” said Biffle, who was 28th. “You can’t run your teammate (Kahne) down on to the grass. That is horrible.”
As Hamlin was smoking the tires, teammate Joey Logano was on pit road confronting Harvick because Harvick knocked Logano out of contention on Lap 198.
The outburst from the normally reserved 20-year-old turned heads in the garage and caught NASCAR’s attention. Logano went to speak to series officials.
Logano didn’t go without taking a dig at Harvick first.
“It’s probably not (Harvick’s) fault,” said Logano, who finished 13th. “His wife wears the fire suit in the family, tells him what to do, so it’s probably not his fault.”
Harvick’s crew chief, Gil Martin, said Logano sped toward Harvick’s pit box and nearly slammed into several crew members.
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