Hamlin finally finds the Next Gen formula, wins at Richmond
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 7:59 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin ran down William Byron with five laps to go and ended the slowest start to a season of his career with a victory in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
In a race that featured four sets of green-flag pit stops and a whole lot of tire strategy, Hamlin methodically closed a huge gap between Byron and teammate Martin Truex Jr., passing Truex on the outside and Byron shortly thereafter.
He also held off a challenge from Kevin Harvick, a three-time winner at Richmond. It’s Hamlin’s 47th career victory and his first at his hometown track since 2016.
It’s also Toyota’s first this season.
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