Denny Hamlin being the defending race winner had his weekend start by NASCAR confiscating the teams’s unapproved oil pan. Hamlin started the race in the 10th position and a caution on lap 191 brought out by Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he hit the wall helped. Hamlin having been conserving fuel was able to take the lead on his final pit-stop by taking two-tires. He was able to get past Matt Kenseth on the restart. Hamlin then had to endure a challenge from Kenseth winning by only .281 seconds.
This was Denny’s first win of the 2011 season and his 17th of his career.
After the race Hamlin said “We weren’t super fast in practice, we weren’t super fast in qualifying, We just kind of were average in a lot of different areas. But we stepped up there at the end.”
Matt Kenseth finished in 2nd. Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards rounds out the top five. Carl Edwards point lead is now 20 over Kevin Harvick. Harvick finished in the 14th position.