(AP Photo/Wade Payne)
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Denny Hamlin spoiled Matt DiBenedetto's shot at his first career victory - just days after DiBenedetto learned he'd been fired - with a late pass Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hamlin was the first Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing driver to start from the pole this season but his race was a roller-coaster that began when his car was damaged when he bounced off of Jimmie Johnson. He later had a loose wheel, fell down a lap and seemed out of contention for his second career victory at Bristol.
At the same time, DiBenedetto was working his way toward the front and put his Toyota out front for a race-high 93 laps. Leavine Family Racing told him earlier this week he won't be back for a second season, and a win Saturday night would have been ultimate redemption.