Hamlin holds off Dillon in wild Xfinity race

(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – Denny Hamlin nudged Austin Dillon out of the lead Saturday and raced to his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season.

Hamlin led 145 of the 200 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and clearly had the car beat. But when Dillon briefly took the lead, Hamlin put his No. 20 into the left side of Dillon’s car and knocked him out of the way.

Dillon lashed out after the race and said Hamlin purposely tried to wreck him, though he stopped short of vowing payback in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. Hamlin also irked Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch early in the race when he got sideways and knocked both drivers to the back of the field.

Hamlin also won the series race at Richmond in April.

Brad Keselowski was third, Busch fourth and Daniel Suarez fifth.

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