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NASCAR star Denny Hamlin eager for Daytona International Speedway return

When it mattered most in recent years, Denny Hamlin has owned the final lap at Daytona International Speedway.

The three-time Daytona 500 winner will seek another fantastic finish at the iconic track during Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 as he looks to erase a challenging month when his NASCAR Cup season-long points lead has slipped away.

Hamlin enters Sunday’s Michigan 400 having recently lost his standings advantage he had held since this year’s second race even without reaching victory lane.

A crash following the final restart last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway knocked Hamlin out of first place and further down the points standings behind five-time winner Kyle Larson, the hottest driver in the sport.