NASCAR Kansas Speedway Results 2012: Denny Hamlin Wins STP 400

It was Denny Hamlin's day in the sun.

Taking advantage of changing conditions Sunday at Kansas Speedway, Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr. over the final 30 laps to win the STP 400, his second victory of the season, his first at the 1.5-mile track and the 19th of his career.

Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Roush Fenway Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle. Truex moved into second place in the Sprint Cup series standings behind Biffle, who leads by 15 points.

After a late round of green-flag pit stops put all the contending cars on the same sequence, the sun broke through the clouds for the first time all afternoon and changed the complexion of the race.

To that point, Truex had been dominant, having led 173 laps, but the changing conditions made Truex's Toyota "wrecking loose" in the words of the driver. Hamlin passed Truex for the lead through Turn 4 on Lap 237 and began to pull away, with Johnson pursuing from the third position.

As clouds covered the sun once again, however, Truex began to close on Hamlin and widen his advantage over Johnson. With 10 laps left, Truex trailed Hamlin by .772 seconds. Five laps later, Truex had closed to .489 seconds behind.

Truex tried to dive beneath Hamlin in Turn 3 twice in the final three laps but couldn't stick the pass.

Here are the results from today's NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Greg Biffle
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. Kasey Kahne
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Brad Keselowski
  12. Juan Pablo Montoya
  13. Tony Stewart
  14. Jamie McMurray
  15. Joey Logano
  16. Marcos Ambrose
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Sam Hornish Jr.
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Jeff Gordon
  22. Jeff Burton
  23. Aric Almirola
  24. Regan Smith
  25. Travis Kvapil
  26. Casey Mears
  27. David Gilliland
  28. Reed Sorenson
  29. David Reutimann
  30. David Ragan
  31. JJ Yeley
  32. AJ Allmendinger
  33. Mark Martin
  34. Landon Cassill
  35. Bobby Labonte
  36. Clint Bowyer
  37. Dave Blaney
  38. David Stremme
  39. Josh Wise
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Mike Bliss
  43. Scott Riggs
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