Hamlin Wins Dover, Larson 2nd and holds P1 in GFT Rankings again this week

Bob Francis - Go Full Throttle
2 min readMay 3, 2024

28 April 2024
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

DOVER, DE — Denny Hamlin powered his Joe Gibbs Racing №11 Toyota to win the Wurth 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway on Sunday. Hamlin, who led for the final 72 laps, secured his third win of the season in a close battle with Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson, who finished second.

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Mavis Tire Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Würth 400 at Dover International Speedway on April 28, 2024 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the podium in third place, while other top finishers included Kyle Busch in 4th, Chase Elliott finished 5th, and Noah Gregson brought home the best Ford finish with 6th. Gregson continues a string a top 10 finishes, showing strength for the Stewart-Haas organization.

Hamlin’s win at Dover solidifies his position as a championship contender, now tied with Willam Byron at 3 wins each. Is this finally Hamlin’s year to win a Cup championship?

LARSON’S 2nd PLACE FINISH IN DOVER EXTENDS P1 RANKING

Go Full Throttle NASCAR AI Driver Rankings following the Wurth 400 on April 28, 2024 at Dover Motor Speedway (Image Credit: GFT Digital)

Kyle Larson’s strong 2nd place finish, along with Stage points, expanded his lead in the GFT NASCAR AI Driver Ranking Models- at 142.8 jumping to a 30.5 GFT AI Score advantage over Martin Truex Jr. at 112.3 and this week’s winner Denny Hamlin at 110.3.

NASCAR 2024 PLAYOFF OUTLOOK

April 28, 2024 NASCAR Statistical Advance after the Wurth 400 at Dover Motor Speedway

ON THE BUBBLE

Chris Buescher is this week’s “On The Bubble” driver, in by 2 points with Bubba Wallace falling from P13 last week to P17 and below the Playoff Cut Line by 2 points.

GFT AI NASCAR FANTASY LIVE RACE PREDICTION MODELS

The Go Full Throttle #AI Race Prediction model redeems itself with a huge 243-point day including the winner Hamlin. GFT AI 1 is now in 392nd place vs 4,601 players in the #TMDNASCAR league. Back inside the Top 10 at 8.51% vs all players

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