Xfinity at Darlington: Hamlin DQed, Custer declared winner, Jr finishes 5th

If you watched the Xfinity race from Darlington Saturday, you saw a great race with Denny Hamlin winning, championship contender Cole Custer finishing second, and Dale Jr finishing sixth in his first race since the Xfinity race at Richmond last year.

Hamlin made it exciting. He started at the rear of the field after going to a back up car, made his way through the field, and won by just over .6 over Cole Custer. However, when his car went through post-race inspection, officials found that the left front was too low and took away the win, the points, and the money, declaring second place Cole Custer the winner. Custer never even led one lap!

The new finishing order has points leader Tyler Reddick finishing second. Reddick is the current points leader and led a race-high 70 laps. Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top 5. Hamlin was credited with a last place finish.

Darlington has become known for it's throwback paint schemes and while a lot of them were very cool, it's safe to say that the crowd favorite was Dale Jr's 8 car that honored his late father. The car is a throwback to Senior's cup series debut at Charlotte in 1975. Needless to say, the crowd went absolutely crazy over seeing Jr in this car, especially when you consider the amazing finish AND the fact that he walked away from a plane crash just two weeks ago.

The cup series will race Sunday night at 6pm on NBCSN in more throwback pain schemes.

 
 
 
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