Denny Hamlin Seizes Victory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Published 09/27/2021, 1:10 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


On Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway concluded with Denny Hamlin clinching his maiden win at the track. Until now, the highest he had ever finished was third, which he achieved on multiple occasions. It is honestly great to see Hamlin back on the top step, especially after his last race at Vegas.

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Speaking after the race, he said, “So happy for our FedEx office team. Joe Gibbs Racing just gives us great race cars. That’s what I’m so proud of, to drive for those guys.

“It feels so good to win at Vegas, last couple of times I’ve been so close. Just didn’t have the right brakes, but they dialed the car in great and great to hold those guys off.”

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It was a great day in the office for the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, apart from Christopher Bell; they locked out three of the Top 4 positions in the race. Only Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott separated Hamlin from Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr, respectively.

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What else did Denny Hamlin say?

Hamlin also spoke about the impact of this win in the Playoff battle. Over here, he will be able to rest easy, knowing that he is already through to the next Playoff round. He continued, “So happy to not have to worry about the next two weeks. But, you know, I’m a professional and I’m going to work just as hard each and every week to win.”

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

What this means is that Hamlin can kick back at Talladega and at the Charlotte Roval. Meanwhile, the rest of his rivals will have to sweat it out until another Playoff driver can win the next race. Then, they can relax and watch the fun unfold at the Roval, which marks the final race of the Round of 12.

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