Currently atop the NASCAR Cup Series standings, Hamlin has recorded a series-high four top-five finishes in five starts this season. His only finish outside the top five was an 11th-place result in Week 3 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His best outcome is a third-place finish, where he took the checkered flag at both the Daytona International Speedway road course and this past weekend at Phoenix Raceway.
“I mean, our consistency is really good,” Hamlin said. “Really, every week last year we had a chance to win most weeks. It’s just whether we took ourselves out of it through mistakes or not. So far this year, knock on wood, we have been good on the mistake front. We haven’t had that dominant car like we’ve had during some races last year yet, other than Daytona. We’ve just been hanging around that second, third, fourth all year. It’s a good start because we got something to build on here.”
Hamlin, who has led laps in all but one race this season, has one victory in 21 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That win came in 2012.