In what could be a sneak preview of the Championship 4 race later this year, Denny Hamlin outdueled Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. to win the Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts Thursday night at Kansas Speedway.After a wild restart on Lap 246, Hamlin passed Harvick for the lead on Lap 255 of 267 and held off a late charge from Keselowski to score his NASCAR Cup Series-best fifth victory of the season, his third at Kansas and the 42nd of his career.RELATED: Official race results | 2020 Cup Series scheduleHamlin led four times for a race-high 57 laps to rebound from three sub-par finishes in what otherwise has been a stellar season for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team.“I don’t know if we had the best car — we definitely had a top-three car all day,” said Hamlin, who has won two straight races at Kansas. “We just went and got it there at the end. I saw the 4 (Harvick) getting loose, and usually when you’re loose, you’re not able to run up high, and that was a benefit for us to be able to get that momentum going…“We’ve had a rough three weeks — we were leading at Indy when we blew a tire, but it seems like we’re really hitting on all cylinders right now.”Moments after the final restart, Harvick made a deft move to slip past Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman. Hamlin followed and started to close the gap by running the top lane on the 1.5-mile track. Harvick’s car was too loose to take Hamlin’s line, and after chasing for eight laps, Hamlin made the pass for the lead with relative ease.“We needed a miracle,” said Harvick, who spent most of the night running in or near the top five, before grabbing his short-lived lead on the final run. “Our Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang was really loose. We got a couple good restarts and had a couple good laps, but we were in trouble there regardless, if it didn’t just keep going yellow.“Our guys did a good job keeping us in the fight all night, but we definitely have some work to do.”Keselowski followed Hamlin past Harvick, and Truex soon followed to secure the third position. Truex led 44 laps and Keselowski 30 in a race that featured a surfeit of action, as the 11 cautions implied.“I thought Denny and I were probably pretty close to equal the second half of the night,” said Keselowski, who picked up his fifth stage win of the season in Stage 2. “It was just a matter of who got out in front. We didn’t get out in front on the restarts there, and he was able to take advantage and bring home the win. All in all, it was still a really good day.”Kyle Busch, who led 52 laps, won the first 80-lap stage to collect his first Playoff point of the season, but his race fell apart with 40 laps left when he slid into the outside wall and was forced to pit road with a flat right-front tire.Busch recovered to finish 11th, but the reigning series champion saw his winless streak reach 19 races, his longest drought to start a season since 2017.The race was a disaster for seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who came to Kansas two points inside the current playoff cutline. Johnson was an innocent victim of a Lap 176 wreck triggered when Joey Logano slapped the outside wall after his left-front tire lost air.Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon also were collected in the crash, but Johnson suffered the most, finishing 32nd and dropping to 18th in the standings, eight points behind Sunoco rookie Tyler Reddick with both on the outside looking in of the playoff picture.MORE: Multi-car crash thwarts Johnson, LoganoHarvick held the fourth position at the finish. Erik Jones ran fifth, followed by Aric Almirola (scoring his eighth straight top 10), Cole Custer, Bowman, Kurt Busch and Byron. In the race for the regular-season championship, Harvick leads second-place Keselowski by 97 points.The Cup Series’ next race is the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, scheduled Aug. 2 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Contributing: Staff reports
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Digital Lifestyle Outfitters Inc. will have two cases available in AT&T stores starting Friday. Immediately after Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPhone in early January, DLO developed rough models in balsa wood based on the general specifications he gave out. Engineers then built plastic replicas with glass touch-screens. Even the slick photographs of the iPhone HipCase and Jam Jacket on DLO’s Web site use model iPhones, said Andrew Green, vice president of marketing at Charleston, S.C.-based DLO. “We didn’t have a lot of special details initially. Apple shared stuff with us, but not exclusively,” Green said. After the January unveiling, several partners said, Apple cut off access to its designers’ Web site. Apple may have been making last-minute tweaks – a common practice in the electronics industry, where products have short life cycles. “At one point they weren’t going to make the specs available to any vendor until the launch – we all just gasped,” said Carrie Scharbo, co-founder and vice president of Cumming, Ga.-based Case-Mate Inc. Case-Mate, which began manufacturing cases at its factory in China after receiving final specs from AT&T on May22, plans to sell a patent-pending, impact-resistant iPhone shell with an injection-molded inner sheath. “To build a sleek and slim design without all the specs is challenging, but that’s our schtick,” Scharbo said. “The nerve-wracking thing about this one was that everything was so hush-hush. We felt fortunate that we could partner with AT&T.” EBay Inc. listed roughly 1,700 iPhone accessories Wednesday, from belt clips to whimsical T-shirts proclaiming “I (heart) my (picture of iPhone),” many of them from obscure makers. The San Jose-based auction company is anticipating numerous auctions of iPhones themselves. Instead of signing up for cellular service at the time of purchase, iPhone buyers sign up through Apple’s iTunes online store – making the phones easier to give as gifts or resell. About 2,000 eBay security representatives are scheduled to be on the lookout this weekend for iPhone scams. But Cat Schwartz, the eBay executive in charge of electronic gadgets, acknowledged that she can’t do much about ill-fitting accessories. “It’s premature for people to be putting out accessories,” Schwartz said. “Until the unit comes out, I wouldn’t advise people to buy a bunch of accessories.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc.’s iPhone won’t hit stores until Friday, but the heavily hyped gadget already has unleashed a cottage industry of touch-screen protectors, leather hip carriers and car adapters. Even the most enthusiastic manufacturers said creating formfitting iPhone accessories was an enormous challenge. A notoriously tightlipped Apple kept many partners in the dark on precise specifications, and some of the company’s most trusted accessory manufacturers still have not touched a genuine iPhone. To compensate, many cribbed size and weight specifications from Apple’s Web site, then created models out of wood, cardboard or plastic. They shipped models to Apple for advice on whether headset and other outlets were placed correctly. They adjusted and resent revised versions to Apple. Many made educated guesses about curved moldings or the location of the proximity sensor, which turns off the touch-screen when near the user’s face. A 1-millimeter error could result in headsets that come unplugged or an uncomfortably hot screen. “The engineering aspects were a huge challenge,” Marware Inc. sales manager Sean Savitt said. Hollywood, Fla.-based Marware, which sells iPod accessories in Apple stores and on Apple.com, assigned an industrial engineer to build a molded-plastic custom prototype that weighed precisely as much as a real iPhone. Marware sent the model to Apple for comments – but it’s unclear how many of the roughly 300 Apple accessory makers had similar access. “There are a lot of manufacturers’ cases that are going to have some fundamental mistakes that will only be revealed after launch,” Savitt said. “There was a great deal of information to process and a great deal of guesswork.” Cupertino-based Apple did not respond to requests for comment. The company recently sent some partners a memo urging them not to talk to journalists or rivals about marketing strategies – including whether their accessories would be on sale alongside iPhones. Partners are not supposed to issue news releases or advertisements until after the launch.