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Redskins Fan, Joe Gibbs Driver Denny Hamlin Captures NASCAR All-Star Race

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During his Hall of Fame career as the Washington Redskins' head coach, Joe Gibbs coached up 56 Pro Bowlers, seeing his best of the best get the opportunity to play in postseason All-Star games.

In his career as a NASCAR race team owner, appearances in All-Star races were always a given, but victory had alluded the Mocksville, N.C., native.

That was, until early Sunday.

That's when Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin, who happens to be a huge Redskins fan, took home the checkered flag at the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Hamlin, who also won the pole, won the 10-lap shootout in Segment 5 to claim the victory, said it was a "big day" for Joe Gibbs Racing and himself.

"You want to win the Daytona 500, you want to win the Brickyard, you want to win Coca-Cola 600 and you want to be an All-Star," Hamlin said after the race, via USA TODAY. "It's just an unbelievable experience. ... We just didn't have a car that could run with some of those guys. But that pit crew, man, what can I say, they got this for me, there's no doubt. Hopefully we start to get some speed here down the road."

Sunday's win for Hamlin came just a few days after Gibbs was in town for the annual Burgundy & Gold Banquet, raising funds for his Youth For Tomorrow organization. Maybe the old ball coach brought some of the good vibes of being with his former championship players with him to Charlotte?

Anyway, as expected, the social media world was buzzing after Hamlin's win. Here's some highlights:




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