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Denny Hamlin passes Mark Martin on all-time Cup wins list

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Denny Hamlin’s win in Sunday (June 28)’s Pocono 350 was his fourth of 2020 and 41st in his career, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame inductee Mark Martin on the all-time Cup wins list.

Going into Sunday’s race, Hamlin was tied with Martin, at 40 career wins, for 19th on the all-time wins list. With Sunday’s win, Hamlin claimed sole possession of 19th on the all-time wins list. Hamlin is now behind Bill Elliott, another Hall of Fame inductee whom he admired as a kid.

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“I saw the next guy in line was Bill Elliott, which is a childhood hero of mine and the reason I got into racing when I was five,” Hamlin said. “All these legends, Hall of Famers, everything, I think my own name sticks out there as one that doesn’t fit.”

Hamlin’s win was his fourth of the season, which is the most of any driver this season. It was also his sixth win at Pocono, tying with Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Gordon for the most wins of all-time at the track.

“I also can’t downplay the accomplishments that I’ve had in my career,” Hamlin noted. “I’ve been really blessed to be with a fantastic race team that continues to keep getting better [and it] seems like every week we just keep getting better.  I just don’t see the end in sight right now.”

Ahead of July 5’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis (4 p.m. EST; TV: NBC, Radio: IMS Radio), Hamlin is sixth in NASCAR Cup Series points, 69 points behind points leader no. 4 Kevin Harvick. Hamlin leads the series with his four wins this season.

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