The victory marked the 25th of Hamlin’s career, allowing the Virginia native to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Weatherly as the all-time winningest driver from The Cavalier State.
Hamlin will go for his second straight spring Martinsville checkered flag in Sunday’s STP 500. In 20 starts at the Virginia short track, he claims five wins (second-most among active drivers), 11 top fives and 16 top 10s. Additionally, he ranks second-best among active drivers at Martinsville in average finish (8.0), average running position (8.9) and driver rating (110.6).
The 2016 Daytona 500 champion placed third in the last two races (Phoenix and Fontana).