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Hamlin's second career victory on the 0.526-mile oval kept the Virginia racer as the only driver besides Johnson to win on the paper clip-shaped track in the last seven races.
He led three times for a race-high 206 laps, while Johnson led 164 circuits.
Hamlin, who seemingly dominates just as regularly as Johnson at Martinsville, but without the finishes to show for it, showed he had Johnson's number when he passed him on lap 363.
He then pulled steadily away, deftly moving around lapped traffic and opening a lead of more than 4 seconds during a long green-flag run. With just over 70 laps to go, radio chatter indicated that the teams were fast approaching pit stops under green, a Martinsville rarity.
The stops started among drivers not in contention, and then Montoya and Johnson headed in, with Hamlin stopping two laps later. He emerged with his nearly 4-second lead intact.
The victory was Hamlin's third of the season, a career best.
And a small consolation considering his goal heading into the Chase.
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