Hamlin heating up for playoffs


August 27, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Denny Hamlin of the #11 Joe Gibbs racing Toyota Camry celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 on July 28, at Pocono Raceway. GREGORY FISHER/ICON SPORTSWIRE/ZUMA PRESS/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has not finished lower than fifth since early July and his current six-race streak includes two victories in the last four races, a pair of runner-ups and a third-place finish.

A year removed from the first winless season of his NASCAR career, Hamlin is officially a title threat again. He is third in the standings, tied with Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. with Cup-series highs of four wins each, and has the confidence to finally grab his first championship.

Hamlin heads to Darlington Raceway for Sunday night’s Southern 500. He is a two-time winner at Darlington and his average finish on one of the most challenging tracks in NASCAR is sixth.

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