Hamlin wins Nationwide race at RIR

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Denny Hamlin's goal was to win three races in three nights at his home track.  He's two for two with the big one left to go.

Hamlin grabbed the lead for the first time 44 laps into the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night and dominated the rest of the 250-lap race.

Carl Edwards had the pole, but after getting passed by Hamlin, he faded to the middle of the pack.

He lost the lead briefly when he pitted under a green flag, again when Aric Almirola got underneath him after the first restart and then grabbed it back six laps later for good.

The victory is the 11th of Hamlin's career in the Nationwide Series and came one night after he passed Kyle Busch on the last lap to win his charity race at the track, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

This time, Hamlin led 199 of the 251 laps, in only his second Nationwide race of the year.

He will start 11th in the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 Saturday night at RIR.

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