Last year, Denny Hamlin made things easy for himself in reaching victory lane in the first Chase race at the Chicagoland Speedway. This year, he’s hoping he can do the same for a second consecutive season.
Hamlin, has had a pretty solid, yet quiet year, as he won the season opening Daytona 500, but only had two other victories in the 26 race regular season including last weekend in Richmond. But, he closed the year out on the right foot with nine straight top 10 finishes with five of which in the top five.
So, he has some big time momentum heading into a track where he’s done rather quite well at. He also came home sixth at Chicagoland in 2014 as well. So, can he win the race for a second straight year?
In fact, with Toyota’s power on 1.5-mile tracks this year, I’d consider him among the favorites this weekend. He wants to keep this momentum going and I would say if he doesn’t win, a top five is likely in store.
This is a weekend for everyone to really show us what they have for the Chase as the newest and best equipment will be rolled off the haulers this weekend.
It worked for Hamlin back in February and it may work again seven months later in Chicagoland this weekend.
This is the driver to watch on Sunday.