Denny Hamlin Signs Extension with JGR

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Denny Hamlin announced on Saturday night that he will resign with Joe Gibbs Racing. The terms of his extension have not been released.

Right before his race Saturday night was about to start, Hamlin tweeted "IT'S OFFICIAL. I've signed an extension with @JoeGibbsRacing. Happy to know where my future is. Excited for tonight and beyond with my team."

Hamlin has made the team proud since his rookie Sprint Cup season in 2006.  He has won 19 races on the circuit and has qualified for the Chase every season.  His greatest season came in 2010, when he finished runner-up to Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  This season, the Chesterfield native has two checkered flags under his belt, and is currently fifth in the Sprint Cup Standings after his third place finish at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.

Hamlin's current contract with Joe Gibbs Racing was set to expire in about 15 months. He has been with JGR since 2005.

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