Hamlin ran down and passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. with eight of 311 laps to go and held on for the win in Saturday’s first race of a doubleheader this weekend at Dover.
The victory is Hamlin’s sixth of the season – tying him with Kevin Harvick for the most this series – and 43rd of his career.
“I’ve been running down the leaders these last few weeks, but I haven’t been able to get there,” Hamlin said. “We just didn’t control that restart there and we just had to battle back. We had to go back and get it. I was able to work the top line there a little bit to get the momentum. It looked like our car was just a little bit better at moving around to different lines.
“Proud of this whole team. This Camry was fast today. It was just unbelievable how good it was. The pit crew did an amazing job. Win No. 43, this is pretty awesome.”
Asked what it means to finally win at Dover, Hamlin said, “People always ask what your least favorite track is and I say Dover just because I’m not that good. I love the track – I just haven’t been very good here. We just have unbelievable cars right now. It seems like we’re coming to the race track prepared. I’m putting the work in and we’re getting results out of it.”
Because of an invert, Hamlin will have to start…