Hamlin wins fifth race at 2020 Super Start Batteries 400

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR has been dominated by two drivers, who have won the majority of the races this season in the Cup Series. Through 19 races, two drivers have won nine races.

Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano have won more than one race this season. However, Hamlin and Harvick have won nine races thus far this season.

FedEx Office Toyota driver Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Super Start Batteries 400 Presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts
Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Super Start Batteries 400 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hamlin won his fifth race of the season at the Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on Thursday night at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

“I don’t know if we had the best car — we definitely had a top-three car all day,” said Hamlin, who has won two straight races at Kansas. “We just went and got it there at the end. I saw the 4 (Harvick) getting loose, and usually when you’re loose, you’re not able to run up high, and that was a benefit for us to be able to get that momentum going…

“We’ve had a rough three weeks — we were leading at Indy when we blew a tire, but it seems like we’re really hitting on all cylinders right now.”

Four of his five wins have come since NASCAR restarted on May 17th in Darlington, South Carolina following their shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. He also won the Daytona 500 to begin the season.

He also broke a tie with Kevin Harvick, who has four wins this season. Hamlin now has more wins than any other Cup Series driver.

Following this race, the Cup Series has a break for more than a week. Their ext scheduled race is August 2nd in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at Loudon, New Hampshire on NBCSN.

Behind Hamlin, Keselowski was second in his Wabash ride for Team Penske. Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. was third in his Auto Owners Insurance ride.

“I thought Denny and I were probably pretty close to equal the second half of the night,” said Keselowski, who picked up his fifth stage win of the season in Stage 2. “It was just a matter of who got out in front. We didn’t get out in front on the restarts there, and he was able to take advantage and bring home the win. All in all, it was still a really good day.”

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