Denny Hamlin Remains Focused Headed into Richmond

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One last race under the lights before the start of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs.

FOX's Matt Napolitano reports:

Another go under the lights Saturday night for the Cup series at Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

With three spots still up for grabs in the playoffs, drivers sitting on the outside looking in in the standings like Erik Jones are hoping to grab that checkered flag at America's premier short track:

(Jones) "Obviously, we're gonna be pushing hard, and there's gonna be times throughout the night where I'm sure we're going to be taking chances that we wouldn't take."

And drivers like Denny Hamlin who have clinched a spot are just looking to keep the momentum going:

(Hamlin) "We know every point is super critical, so you don't take anything for granted."

Both drivers appearing on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Speaking of Hamlin, his win last weekend at Darlington has been encumbered and he's been docked 25 driver's points due to an L-1 penalty assessed to the No. 11 team with crew chief Mike Wheeler suspended two races for a rear suspension violation in post-race inspection.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team was also handed a post-race penalty for lug nuts not properly installed. Crew chief Greg Ives will sit out the action at Richmond.

FOX in the Fast Lane, I'm Matt Napolitano, FOX News.

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