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Denny Hamlin nabs third straight Nationwide win at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Denny Hamlin raced to his third straight Nationwide victory at Darlington Raceway, pulling away from teammate Kyle Busch with five laps left.

Hamlin started from the pole and led much of the race Friday night.

Still, it was a side-by-side drag race with Busch on the last restart. Busch looked as if he had the stuff to prevail, moving about half a car length in front. But Hamlin's Toyota quickly regained the lead and moved out to about a half-second edge.

Busch was second. Jamie McMurray, the pole winner for the Sprint Cup Southern 500 earlier Friday, finished third.

Hamlin won this event in 2006 and 2007 and, like this time, started from the pole both times. He didn't compete in the Nationwide races at the track in 2008 and 2009.

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