After dramatic Talladega finish, Hamlin sets sights on championship in Phoenix


Denny Hamlin (11) and Kurt Busch (1) lead the field to the start of the YellaWood 500 NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

TALLADEGA, Ala. (WFXR) — The Commonwealth Kid is now one win away from contending for a championship in Phoenix.

Denny Hamlin solidified his spot in NASCAR’s Round of Eight after the ridiculous finish at Talladega Superspeedway over the weekend. The Chesterfield, Va.-native narrowly edged out Matt Dibenedetto in triple overtime, earning his seventh win of the season.

Now Hamlin can breathe a bit easier as he gets a step closer to winning a Cup Series title. Next week, NASCAR hits the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Round of Eight begins the following weekend.

“If you get there, that means you’ve had a really good season. And obviously, we’ve had a really good season so far. To me, my focus won’t shift to the round of eight. I’m still going to put in the same amount of work this week getting ready for the ROVAL as I would if I wasn’t locked in,” Hamlin said.

“But certainly the stress level will be less and certainly we can be a little more aggressive with our strategy calls starting at the beginning of the race.”

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