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Hamlin Looks To Pucker Up At The Brickyard

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Denny Hamlin delivered Joe Gibbs Racing their first win of 2017 and jumped into the winner’s spotlight last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This Sunday he looks to kiss the bricks at The Brickyard 400.

He has finished fourth or better in the last 4 races, not including Daytona.

The driver of the #11 Fedex Toyota Camry now sits fifth in the standings and has 8 playoff points. His JGR teammate Kyle Busch has won the last 2 races at Indianapolis.

Hamlin has a good track performance at The Brickyard with 4 top fives, 6 top tens, and 1 pole. He just needs another pole qualifying run to break the tie with Alan Kulwicki at 28th on the all time wins list.

Stage wins have not been easy to come by for Hamlin, with only 3 on the books – Talladega (stage 2 win) and Charlotte (stage 3 win). He is, however, sitting 8th on top 10 driver list.

He placed fourth at The Brickyard last year and claims three consecutive top-five finishes there.

In Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin led 54 laps in his backup car, beating second-place Kyle Larson to the start/finish line by .509 seconds.

The win was the 30th of Hamlin’s career and his third at New Hampshire. He had not won a race in 28 starts since taking the checkered flag in last year’s season finale at Richmond International Raceway.

JGR’s struggle to get a win was perplexing considering the organization racked up a series-best 12 victories in 2016.

Hamlin will attempt to continue the momentum for JGR in Sunday’s Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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