Hamlin is currently 20 points behind Brad Keselwoski in the Sprint Cup Series Chase. With four races remaining the series heads to Martinsville where Hamlin has won 4 races and has a 6.4 average finish.
Only Jeff Gordon (7) and Jimmie Johnson (6) have more wins then Hamlin at Martinsville.
The weekend for Hamlin will also involve a truck series race on Friday night.
Kyle Busch Motorsports will have two entries in this weekends Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Brian Scott will drive the the No. 18 Toyota Tundra while Hamlin will take the wheel of the No. 51 truck.
Last season Hamlin won his first truck series race becoming the 23rd driver to win a race in each of NASCAR’s top three divisions. Hamlin has started inside the top five in four of his five Truck Series starts and led 60 or more laps in each of his last three.
Calling the shots for the No. 51 truck will be KBM General Manager Rick Ren, who with 27 victories is the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history.