Denny Hamlin Wins at Phoenix

Redemption 2012, a campaign for Denny Hamlin to get back in a winning way’s this season has begun today at Phoenix. Denny Hamlin wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix, also the first fuel-mileage finish of the season after we saw numerous fuel-mileage finishes in the 2011 season. The race started out with a quick pass by Tony Stewart around pole sitter Mark Martin.  Then Clint Bowyer had troubles early when he cut down a tire and got into the wall causing little damage. A few laps later Kasey Kahne also had troubles early when he got pretty hard into the front-stretch wall and broke the control arm of that car, causing Kahne to go behind the wall and end his chances of winning the race. Kahne won at this track last November in the first race on the new Phoenix configuration. About 10 laps later Bowyer cut down another right front tire sending his car into the wall again but the race remained under the green flag. When Casey Mears sailed into turn one, got loose and spun up into the wall destroying the rear end of his GIECO Ford. Our only multiple car wreck of the day occurred on the front –stretch when Jamie McMurray battling Paul Menard got into his rear end on the front-stretch causing Menard’s car to spin and hit the inside wall on the front-stretch. Also involved in the wreck was A.J Allmendinger who was involved in the battle and got into the wall in turn 4. Only a few laps after the incident Jamie McMurray engine expired and he was done for the day. After more drivers blew up, With 65 laps to go David Reutimann blew up causing a caution. Under this caution Tony Stewart shut off his car to save some gas, but with the EFI engines it’s much harder to restart cars after shutting the motor off. Stewart was unable to restart car which caused him time on pit road eventually restarting Stewart continued. The final caution of the day with about 50 laps to go, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards battling going along the back-stretch made contact in turn 3 causing Ryan Newman to spin up track and make decent contact with the outer-wall. Now the fuel-mileage race starts, multiple drivers will be very close on fuel. First fuel victim was Kevin Harvick who was closing in on Denny Hamlin quite quickly and ran out of fuel with 2 laps to go. Now Hamlin who has had bad luck with fuel mileage before needs just 1 more lap. And he gets it; Denny Hamlin came off turn 4 to win at Phoenix, his first win since Michigan in June 2011. After the race Hamlin said on the radio “Man it feels good to be competitive again! Thank you so much!!!(In reply to his re-energized crew for 2012).” A solid follow up race to the everlasting Daytona 500, Hamlin and his JGR teammates will look to capitalize on the first celebration of 2012 by going out and winning lots more races this season.

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