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Denny Hamlin Wins ToyotaCare 250, Earns Toyota’s 100th NASCAR XFINITY Series Victory

Denny Hamlin Wins ToyotaCare 250, Earns Toyota’s 100th NASCAR XFINITY Series Victory

by April 24, 2015 0 comments

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RICHMOND, Va. – Denny Hamlin led all but two laps in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Speedway on Friday night to claim Toyota’s 100th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.

Hamlin, a Virginia native started on pole in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Hisense Toyota Camry and led 248 laps, earning his first victory and third top-10 of the season. He now has three victories at Richmond International Raceway in the series. The win comes just a week after he was sidelined at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race due to neck spasms.

“It was a great day – right from the very start I knew I had some great speed,” Hamlin said. “That’s the key to victory. It’s no tricks or anything like that – it’s just you have to have a fast car. Mike (Wheeler, crew chief) and these guys, they gave me something special tonight and we were able to dominate with it. You don’t get these cars that often – almost never. Me and him and a car with Mike Ford (former crew chief) like this in the Cup Series a few years ago and then we had a flat with 15 (laps) to go. Of course, that runs through your mind with how you can mess this up, but luckily everything worked out for us and obviously it was a dominating victory.”

Joey Logano started on the outside of the front row and finished second on Friday night. The effort marked his fourth top-10 of the 2015 season. He has finished within the top-10 in four of the five series starts he has at the raceway.

“He (Denny Hamlin) was just so fast,” Logano said. “We had nothing for him. We had a second place Discount Tire Ford Mustang and that is right where we finished. We knew he was fast in practice and it transferred right over. I know what it is like to be on the other end of the butt whooping and it isn’t as much fun from this side. Congrats to that team, we just didn’t have a shot tonight.”

Regan Smith finished third, followed by Erik Jones and Chase Elliott. Rookie, Daniel Suarez finished sixth, and Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. Landon Cassill rounded out the top-10.

Ty Dillon leads the point standings after jumping up one spot this weekend. Chase Elliott also moves up a spot to second, trailing Dillon by eight points. Chris Buescher was the point leader heading into the weekend, but he dropped two spots to third, 11 points back. Darrell Wallace Jr. is 25 point back in fourth, and Regan Smith advances three spots to fifth, 41 points back.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will compete at Talladega Superspeedway for the Winn Dixie 300 on Saturday, May 2. Coverage for the event will be broadcast live on FOX and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 3 p.m. ET.

ToyotaCare 250 Results:

1.) #20 Denny Hamlin

2.) #22 Joey Logano

3.) #7 Regan Smith

4.) #54 Erik Jones

5.) #9 Chase Elliott

6.) #18 Daniel Suarez

7.) #2 Brian Scott

8.) #33 Austin Dillon

9.) #3 Ty Dillon

10.) #01 Landon Cassill

11.) #62 Brendan Gaughan

12.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.

13.) #42 Brennan Poole

14.) #51 Jeremy Clements

15.) #98 Aric Almirola

16.) #1 Elliott Sadler

17.) #4 Ross Chastain

18.) #88 Kevin Harvick

19.) #28 JJ Yeley

20.) #60 Chris Buescher

21.) #16 Ryan Reed

22.) #23 Harrison Rhodes

23.) #19 Mike Bliss

24.) #8 Blake Koch

25.) #14 Cale Conley

26.) #52 Joey Gase

27.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong

28.) #25 Dylan Lupton

29.) #44 David Starr

30.) #55 Brandon Gdovic

31.) #39 Ryan Sieg

32.) #97 Peyton Sellers

33.) #90 Jimmy Weller

34.) #15 Carlos Contreras

35.) #70 Derrike Cope

36.) #24 Eric McClure

37.) #40 Carl Long

38.) #13 Timmy Hill

39.) #74 Mike Harmon

40.) #10 Jeff Green

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #3 Ty Dillon

2.) #9 Chase Elliott -8

3.) #60 Chris Buescher -11

4.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -25

5.) #7 Regan Smith -41

6.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -49

7.) #1 Elliott Sadler -49

8.) #16 Ryan Reed -50

9.) #2 Brian Scott -50

10.) #19 Daniel Suarez -53

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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