After two races, Denny Hamlin is the NASCAR Cup Series points leader and holds a 12-point lead over second-place Joey Logano atop the standings. Hamlin’s strong position is a reflection of his performance in the first two races. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s three stage wins are a series-high, and Hamlin opened the season by finishing fifth in the Daytona 500 after leading 98 of the race’s 200 laps. Hamlin wasn’t as dominant this past weekend on the Daytona International Speedway road course but still picked up a stage win, led five laps and finished third. “We were third-best, to be honest with you,” Hamlin later said. “The 20 (JGR teammate and race winner Christopher Bell) was fast there the second half of the race. Maybe I was fourth-best. I thought we were solid. Was trying to hold onto third or fourth fastest, and that’s all I’ve got. I just have to get a little bit better. I have to keep getting better to put ourselves in position to win more.” Hamlin need not worry too much, especially with Sunday’s race being at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He’s been to Victory Lane here three times, including most recently last summer when the Cup Series last convened at the fast, high-banked South Florida facility. In that race, Hamlin led 137 of 267 laps and took the checkered flag nearly a second ahead of runner-up Chase Elliott in what amounted to a truly dominant performance by Hamlin and his No. 11 team.