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Denny Hamlin wins marathon race for his first Coca-Cola 600 victory

The race -- at 413 laps -- was the longest in NASCAR Cup Series history.

CONCORD, N.C. — Denny Hamlin won the Coca-Cola 600 pole on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

But a whole lot happened in between.

The race was the longest in NASCAR Cup Series history, at 413 laps, taking two overtimes to complete.

It took 5 hours, and 16 minutes to complete, and saw 18 cautions, 31 lead changes and 13 separate leaders.

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"I was willing to wreck to get the Coke 600," Hamlin said. "You never know when you're going to be in a position like this again."

Wrecks were plenty, from Ryan Blaney catching grass and collecting a dozen cars on his way out, to a late-night flip by Chris Buescher, who would be ok.

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For Hamlin, it's a much-needed second win of the season, and his first Coca-Cola 600 win.

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