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Denny Hamlin wins at Pocono for fifth time

Long Pond, PA – For the fifth time in his Cup Series career, Denny Hamlin visited Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway.

Hamlin was strong throughout the afternoon and finished in the top-five of all three stages in Sunday’s Gander RV 400.

Seeking his first victory since the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in March, Hamlin held off teammates Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. in overtime to seal the deal in this one.

Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson rounded out the top-five. Championship leader Joey Logano came in 13th.

The win was the third of the season for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry.

Sitting fourth in the driver standings, 2019 is shaping up to be Hamlin’s best shot at a title since 2014.

“I feel as long as we keep putting the effort in what we’re doing, I have as good a shot as any,” he said.

He is also driving with plenty of confidence.

“We’re running our best right now,” he glowed. “There’s no doubt about it.”

The numbers back up his statement. Sunday marked three consecutive-top five finishes for the 38-year-old and his 10.048 average finish speaks to his consistency.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) next heads to Watkins Glen International for the Go Bowling at the Glen on Sunday, August 4. You can catch the action on NBCSN at 3:00PM ET.

In 13 career starts at the 3.4-mile road course, Hamlin has one win, three top-five and six top-ten finishes.

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Rydquist joined GatorsWire in 2019. In addition to his work here, he covers college football for Saturday Down South and Saturday Tradition. He can be found on Twitter @TeddyRydquist.

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