Denny Hamlin wins crash filled Talladega race

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 04: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 04: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 04: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

For once Denny Hamlin had nothing but good luck as he was able to avoid two big crashes and cruise to victory Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.  In a season of struggles that included Hamlin missing a race due to an eye injury, he led when it counted as he won his first race at a restrictor plate track and the 24th of his career.

Hamlin led only 12 laps but was in front just after the white flag fell for the last lap. A crash behind him left debris on the track that eventually led to NASCAR throwing a caution as Hamlin headed towards turn three freezing the field and ending the race.

Greg Biffle who led a race high 58 laps was second, Clint Bowyer third, Brian Vickers fourth and AJ Allmendinger fifth.  MORE>>>

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