Hamlin wins by close margin at 2019 Pocono race

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Denny Hamlin won the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania on Sunday. The FedEx Ground driver has won at this track for the fifth-time in his career.

Hamlin now ties Bill Elliott with five wins at the track. Only Jeff Gordon has won at Pocono more with six wins.

This is also his 34th career win in 491 races.

Driver Denny Hamlin celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400
Denny Hamlin celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

He led 32 of the 163 laps at the 2.5 mile track. He completed the track in 2 hours and 59 minutes.

This is also Hamlin’s third win of the season. He also won at Fort Worth in March and the Daytona 500 to begin the season.

“Yeah, I mean, certainly we are contenders most weeks,” Hamlin said after winning his third win of the season.  “I mean, there’s not a week that shows up I don’t think we can win. I don’t know how many teams really good say that, five or six maybe. But certainly I think we’re versed in the sense we can win anywhere. I think our speed has showed it.

“We earned this one [Sunday]. I didn’t just go out there and block from the lead.  We had to go up there and pass for the lead with 10 laps to go.  It was hard earned. Last week was going to be hard earned if we got that one done. Came up a little short. We’re putting ourselves in contention. We’re doing a lot of the right things. Like I said last week, we haven’t had the speed like this since probably 2012 when we won five races. I think it’s really, really clicking well right now.”

Erik Jones was the second-place finisher. The Reser’s Main St. Bistro driver finished in second by 0.341 seconds.

Jones had his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Pocono.

Martin Truex Jr. also finished in third position. The Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road driver picked up his 11th Top 10 finish at this track in his career.

Besides Hamlin, Kevin Harvick led 62 laps. Kyle Busch also led 56 laps, while Jones also led 10 laps. Jimmie Johnson also had three laps led.

Four drivers did not complete this event. Josh Bilicki left the course on lap 146 due to a driveshaft problem.

David Ragan was involved in a crash on lap 123. Ryan Preece also was involved in a crash on lap 114.

Chase Elliott left the track following a crash on lap 83.

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