Denny Hamlin wins Rain-Shortened Race; Chase Elliott Flips off Kyle Busch

Denny Hamlin won the first Wednesday NASCAR race since 1984 after rain showed up in Darlington, South Carolina.

Hamlin was out front when the precipitation showed up with 20 laps to go last night. The 2020 Daytona 500 champion got some help eight laps earlier from teammate Kyle Busch.

Busch sent Chase Elliott (unintentionally) into the wall while Hamlin tried to hold the lead on old tires. The caution flag came out, and so did the bird Elliott flipped at Busch.

After the race, Busch actually admitted to making the mistake.

“There’s no question I made a mistake and just misjudged the gap,” Busch said. “…I’m sure there are repercussions of it I’m going to have down the road.”

Similar to MLB’s unwritten rules that usually sees a batter hit as repercussions to a previous action, NASCAR drivers have been known to wreck someone who wrecked them in a previous race. So, we’ll wait and see if Elliott gives Busch more than just the finger.

The NASCAR Cup Series is planning seven more races between now and June 21. Up next for NASCAR’s top series is two races in Charlotte; one on Sunday and one next Wednesday.

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