By Michael Bennett

Denny Hamlin picked up his fifth career Pocono win yesterday with the Gander 400, tying him with Bill Elliott for the second-most at the track, just one behind Jeff Gordon for the record.

Hamlin’s win came in his 28th career race at the track, but it was his first win in the last 19 races at the track after he won four of his first nine career starts at the track, including his first two in 2006.

Getting win number five in start 28 puts Hamlin at an impressive pace. Gordon’s fifth Pocono win came in his 37th start. Elliott got there in his 42nd start.

Hamlin can tie Gordon with a sixth win — and he’s got 11 starts to beat Gordon’s pace, as Gordon’s sixth win came in his 40th Pocono start.