Saturday, April 30, 2011
Denny Hamlin wins the NASCAR Nationwide race at Richmond
Denny Hamlin won races in consecutive nights at Richmond International Raceway.
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RICHMOND -- Denny Hamlin scored his second victory in two nights with Friday's Nationwide race and will go for a Richmond sweep in tonight's Sprint Cup race.
Hamlin came from last to win his charity Late Model race Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway and then followed that with a dominating performance Friday, leading 199 of the 251 laps.
So, what about a Richmond sweep?
"We feel pretty confident,'' Hamlin said of his Cup car. "We had a pretty good car.''
Paul Menard finished second with Justin Allgaier third. Allgaier, who entered the race tied with Ricky Stenhouse for the points lead, took sole position of the top spot with his performance.
No one could catch Hamlin even as he slowed late in the race to save fuel. As he slowed, others ran out of fuel, including Stenhouse, who was running second at the time. Stenhouse's stalled car brought out the last of the race's two cautions, setting up a two-lap shootout.
Hamlin got away from Menard off the restart to score his 11th career series win.