Sunday’s win means Hamlin progresses no matter how he finishes within the subsequent two races at Talladega and the Charlotte Roval.
With the ultimate stage going caution-free, the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver efficiently navigated a spherical of green-flag pit stops and cycled again to the lead on lap 229 of 267.
Hamlin’s team-mates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. took third and fourth, whereas Penske driver Ryan Blaney rounded out the highest 5 within the main Ford.
Finishing the highest 10 have been Tyler Reddick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and stage one winner Kyle Larson, who received the spring race at Las Vegas.
Following the break between Levels 2 and three, the lead-lap vehicles pitted with stage two winner Hamlin the primary to emerge from pit street. On Lap 167, Hamlin was adopted by Truex, Reddick and Kyle Busch.
Truex rapidly went to the within on the restart and got here away with the lead, just for Hamlin to renew the lead on the subsequent lap.
With 80 laps to go, Hamlin led Reddick by about half-a-second as Truex ran third and Elliott fourth.
Hamlin now has a security web forward of the Talladega lottery
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The ultimate spherical of green-flag pit stops started on lap 210, as a number of drivers took on recent tyres and gas to the tip of the race. Hendrick Motorsport drivers Elliott and William Byron pitted on lap 213 along with Blaney, whereas Hamlin waited till the next lap.
Hendrick’s Alex Bowman was compelled to pit a second time underneath inexperienced for damaged valve stem on his left-rear tyre. He returned to the observe two laps down and in twenty eighth.
Byron was compelled to pit underneath inexperienced on lap 225 for a flat tyre. As soon as he returned to the observe, he was working twenty second and two laps down.
As soon as the cycle of stops was accomplished on lap 229, Hamlin returned to the lead adopted by Elliott, Truex, Kyle Busch and Reddick.
With 30 laps remaining, Hamlin remained out entrance however Elliott had reduce his result in underneath a second and was rapidly gaining floor.
Elliott trimmed Hamlin’s result in about half-a-second within the remaining laps, however by no means received shut sufficient to problem for the highest spot and deny Hamlin his forty sixth profession victory.
Larson continues to steer the playoff standings by 14 over Hamlin. The present final 4 at risk of elimination following the Charlotte Roval race are Byron, Harvick, Bowman and Christopher Bell.