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From the Talladega highbanks, the series traveled to the lonestar state, where some of the biggest twists of the entire chase will be recalled from.
Harvick had a consistent day as he finished sixth.
Hamlin, though, made himself known as he took the lead with 29 to go and never looked back.
With the win, Hamlin took the lead in the championship standings by 33 points over Jimmie Johnson, who finished ninth.
“It was just a long day,” Johnson said. “We just gave away so much track position at the beginning and it was tough to get back to where we needed to.
“On the restart, it was the 16 spinning the tires on the restart and all those guys who took tires behind us.”
“It was pretty rough day for sure,” crew chief Chad Knaus said. “We lost the track
position and when you get back there, you don’t know how you should tune on the car.”
The race was an eventful one for the No. 48 team that even included a pit crew swap.
Out of the first seven stops of the day, the No. 48 team lost spots on four of them, costing their driver valuable time. Once teammate Jeff Gordon was wrecked out of the race, Hendrick officials decided to use Gordon’s pit crew.
“Ultimately, it was my decision to make the decision as we were getting beat,” Knaus said. “I hope we get back with the 48 guys and get things back on track.”
“I’m okay with it,” front tire changer Mike Lingerfelt said. “We’re all team players.”
Johnson said, though despite everything, don’t count them out.
“I’ve lost plenty of championships in the past,” he said. “You’re not going to get everything you want every weekend. I can promise you this – 33 back is not where we want to be, but we’re going to work hard on getting it back.”