Hamlin nets sixth Darlington win in frought Xfinity overtime
Denny Hamlin won the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, securing his sixth victory at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He passed Austin Hill after a restart on lap 147 and held on to win in overtime. Hamlin didn’t make his move until the final stage and praised his team’s ability to maintain their performance. John Hunter Nemechek finished third after leading 99 laps and winning the first two stages. Cole Custer was fourth and Josh Berry and Riley Herbst rounded out the top six. Herbst’s sixth-place finish allowed him to take the final Playoff-eligible position, overtaking Parker Kligerman. Kligerman was frustrated with an incident involving Sam Mayer and expressed his disappointment after the race. Despite struggling on restarts, Hill maintains a 23-point lead over Nemechek in the battle for the Xfinity regular-season championship.