Hometown Hero Hamlin Wins at Richmond International Raceway

Hamlin started on the pole and led 189 laps en route to his third career win at RIR

Denny Hamlin

Chesterfield native Denny Hamlin started first and finished first in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Share:

 

Chesterfield native Denny Hamlin started first and finished first in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The driver of the No. 11 FedEx Racing Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing led 189 laps en route to his third career win at the short-track. The victory is his first at Richmond since 2010

“It’s awesome,” Hamlin said. “I feel like we’ve let some of the dominance we had on the short tracks kind of slip away over the last three or four years, even though we’ve won at Martinsville.”

“I take a lot of pride in winning at the Virginia tracks and this one is definitely extra special heading into the Chase. It definitely gives me some momentum.”

 “I thought it was a very tough position to be in, but my crew chief made the right decision to stay out there and he knew that we had enough cars as a buffer to be able to pull away. So great job by him, the pit crew and everybody. It was a total team effort.”

Kyle Larson started on the front row alongside Hamlin and ended right behind him in second. It marked his third top-three finish in the past three races.

Martin Truex Jr., coming off a win last week at Darlington, finished third despite leading a race-high 193 laps heading into the Chase.

“Everybody’s doing a great job,” said Truex. “We’ve got an awesome race team and the cars are so good right now. Everybody’s doing all the right things. Tonight, we feel like we had the best car in the long run for sure. In the short run, the 11 was so good and that played in his favor at the end there. That’s the just the way the race worked out, but all in all, it was a great night. That’s just the momentum we need heading into the Chase next week.”

The race marked NASCAR’s Inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend, and for those in attendance the race delivered the excitement that makes Richmond International Raceway famous. The 16 cautions were the most in track history - the final one coming out with with less than five laps to go, giving leader Hamlin a difficult decision to make. 

“I thought we were for sure going to lose it,” Hamlin said. “I just thought that we were in a tough spot where no matter what we were going to do, a lot of guys were going to do the opposite.”

Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five.

With four wins on the season, Kyle Busch will hold the top seed when the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off at Chicagoland next weekend.

Racing returns to Richmond International Raceway in 2017 with the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 weekend.

You may unsubscribe at any time.
Richmond Raceway
600 E Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23222
www.richmondraceway.com/About/Connect/Contact-Us.aspx
(866)455-RACE (7223)
rrinfo@richmondraceway.com

© 2017 Richmond Raceway

FacebookTwitterLinkedInDiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnorati

ISC Track Sites