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30 Second Read: M&M's Fan Appreciation 400

Photo by: Logan Riely/Getty Images

By Matt Marr

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag Sunday afternoon.

Due to a hard impact during qualifying Saturday, Kurt Busch had not been medically cleared to start the race. Ty Gibbs was named his replacement in what would be his NASCAR Cup Series debut.

Austin Cindric brought out the first caution of the day on lap 7 after losing control on the exit of turn 3.

Kyle Larson was declared the winner of stage 1 as the caution flew for Aric Almirola with 2 laps to go.

After a caution-filled stage 2 that saw Josh Bilicki, Hamlin and Corey Lajoie all spin, Kyle Busch held on to win the stage.

With 23 laps to go in the race, Ryan Blaney hit the inside wall of the front stretch head-on.

Hamlin regained the lead after a battle with Ross Chastain but the yellow came out as he came across the track and into the nose of Kevin Harvick.

Denny Hamlin kept a gap to teammate Kyle Busch and took the checkered flag. However, after post-race tech inspection, both Hamlin and Kyle Busch were disqualified. Chase Elliott, who initially crossed the finish line third, was declared the winner despite not leading a single lap.

M&M's Fan Appreciation 400 top 5: 1. Chase Elliott

2. Tyler Reddick

3. Daniel Suarez

4. Christopher Bell

5. Kyle Larson


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