Hamlin ended a streak of three sub-par finishes by passing Kevin Harvick for the lead with 13 laps to go and held off a furious challenge from Brad Keselowski to win Thursday night’s Cup Series race at Kansas.
“This race team is such a dream,” Hamlin said over his team radio as he crossed the finish line.
The win is Hamlin’s fifth of the 2020 season – the most of any driver – and his second consecutive at Kansas. It’s also the 42nd of his career.
“I don’t know if we had the best car, we had a top-3 car, just went and got it there at the end,” Hamlin said. “I saw (Harvick) get loose, and when you’re loose, you can’t run up high and we had the momentum up there. This team’s really hit its stride.
“We can win any given week and that’s something that’s really hard to come by. This team’s good at short tracks, superspeedways and intermediates.”
Martin Truex Jr. ended up third, Harvick fourth and Erik Jones rounded out the top-five.
Completing the top-10 finishers were Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch and William Byron.