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Hamlin scores second win of the season at rain-shortened Darlington

Hamlin was out front when the final yellow flag waved for a crash involving Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch. Then the rains came, ending the race.

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Denny Hamlin won NASCAR’s first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway. 

The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. The reigning Cup champion caused Chase Elliott to crash eight laps earlier to bring out the caution. 

A furious Elliott waited for Busch on the apron of the track and flipped Busch the middle finger as he passed. 

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