Hamlin wins Nationwide Dover 200

May 31, 2008 at 9:13 PM
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DOVER, Del., May 31 (UPI) -- Denny Hamlin led for 131 of 200 laps Saturday and won the rain-delayed Nationwide Series 200 race at the Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin finished 1.072 seconds ahead of Carl Edwards for his second victory of the season and the seventh of his Nationwide career.

Edwards won the pole, but Hamlin led the first 36 laps before Kyle Busch, the hottest driver in NASCAR, slid underneath Hamlin on lap 37 for the lead. With 20 laps to go, Hamlin held a one-second lead on Edwards -- who scraped the wall, but kept on going. It was still almost a second margin with 10 laps remaining.

David Stremme, David Reutimann and Greg Biffle completed the top-five. Joey Logano, in his first outing, finished sixth.

Clint Bowyer finished ninth and will take a 121-point lead over Busch to the next race, set for next Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

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