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Oct 20 - 2019

Denny Hamlin claims milestone win for Joe Gibbs Racing

October 20, 2019, Denny Hamlin led the final 51 laps and survived two overtime restarts to win his fifth race of the season Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Denny Hamlin claims milestone win for Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin led the final 51 laps and survived two overtime restarts to win his fifth race of the season Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. It was Joe Gibbs Racing’s 16th win of the season, which is a new team-high.
October 20, 2019, Denny Hamlin led the final 51 laps and survived two overtime restarts to win his fifth race of the season Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.

“Yeah, I just had to hold the bottom and get a good push. It was all about the push that I got from the 9 (Chase Elliott) and really the 18 (Kyle Busch) those last couple of restarts,” said Hamlin.”That was the most important thing for us – to get a good restart. Once we got out front, we could hold it wide open. Our car was built for downforce, so it worked out that it was just fast enough to win.”

Denny Hamlin
Hamlin and his crew chief, Chris Gabehart, made a bold pit call of two tires on the last pit stop. That call retained the lead for Hamlin, and although many drivers tried no one could drive past the FedEx driver. 
October 20, 2019, Hamlin and his crew chief, Chris Gabehart, made a bold pit call of two tires on the last pit stop.

“I knew track position was the biggest factor for us,” said Hamlin. “As long as we could keep our car out front, it was the most important thing beyond tires. We made the right call and took two lefts there and that turned out to be the best call there.”

Denny Hamlin
It was a stellar day for Joe Gibbs Racing as all four teams finished inside the top-eight finishers – Kyle Busch finished third, Martin Truex Jr. was scored in sixth and Erik Jones crossed the line in seventh. With their finishes, Hamlin, Busch and Truex Jr. advanced to the next round of the Playoffs – the Round of 8 – that begins next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.