Denny Hamlin wins on a long day at Homestead

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Denny Hamlin jumps from his car after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Denny Hamlin found the magic at Homestead-Miami Speedway, once again.

Hamlin went to the lead for the final time with 30 laps left and held off Chase Elliott for his record-tying third NASCAR Cup Series victory at Homestead.

Former drivers Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle are the other three-time winners. Hamlin is in the club now, after battling Elliott most of the night.

“This one was real special,” Hamlin said.

Hamlin raced to his third victory of the season and 40th overall. He opened the season with a victory in the Daytona 500 and won at Darlington last month. And when the night was over, Hamlin — who wears the Michael Jordan “Jumpman" logo on his race suit — made no secret that he's racing with some extra energy these days.

“I’m motivated. I’m motivated more than ever," Hamlin said.

He led 137 of 267 laps on the 1 1/2-mile track in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 11 Toyota, finishing 0.895 ahead of Elliott.

“I just need to get through lap traffic better," Elliott said.