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Denny Hamlin wins Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 18: Denny Hamlin (11), driver of the FedEx Office Toyota, greets fans during the driver introductions ceremony prior to the start of the Monster Energy Cup Series - Firekeepers Casino 400 race on June 18, 2017 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)
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Denny Hamlin held off a charge from Kyle Larson to capture the checkered flag at Overton’s 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire on Sunday.

Current Cup Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. had scored the pole for the event and led the most laps of the afternoon, but ultimately wound up finishing in third place behind Hamlin and Larson, with Matt Kenseth in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

The victory was the 30th of Hamlin’s 13-year career on the Cup Series. It was also his first of the 2017 year, a season that has been fueled by frustration.

Back at the Coke Zero 400 on July 1, Hamlin was forced to retire from the race early for just the second time in his career after his car caught on fire.

Coming into the day, Hamlin was seventh in the Sprint Cup Series standings, having moved up an additional two spots heading into the first race of NASCAR’s second half of the season. He finished sixth in the standings last year, having won the Daytona 500 for the first time in his career, but still a shadow of the career-best second place finish he had in 2010.

The next time Hamlin will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a race comes on Sept. 24 for the ISM Connect 300. His next chance to get behind the wheel and take home another victory in a NASCAR race comes next weekend from Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 next on the calendar.

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