Confident Hamlin Wins at New Hampshire

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Confidence and cockiness. Two things Denny Hamlin seems to have right now. Hamlin essentially called his shot last week after the Chicagoland race when he said he would win the race next week at New Hampshire. Hamlin backed up his guarantee and crossed the finish line first at New Hampshire Sunday afternoon. Hamlin had come from the 32nd starting position but Hamlin took the lead before the 100 lap mark. Hamlin had to race his teammate Kyle Busch early but after Busch suffered engine problems, Hamlin was the lone Joe Gibbs Racing car in the front. Hamlin then had to race Jimmie Johnson later in the race but Hamlin was able to hold Johnson off as well.

Jeff Gordon started on the pole but he was passed on lap four by Tony Stewart. Stewart was leading all the way until the competition caution on lap 41. The leaders took advantage of the competition caution to hit pit road. Jeff Gordon came off pit road first followed by Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart. On the restart Kyle Busch powered to the lead. Denny Hamlin completed his quest to the front of the field when he passed his teammate Kyle Busch on lap 94.

The first round of green flag pit stops began on lap 106. Denny Hamlin cycled through the stops as the leader. The second caution of the day came out on lap 128 for debris in turn three. Some drivers opted to come down pit road but some stayed out including Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer.

The halfway mark of the race came quickly and Denny Hamlin led the race followed by Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Busch began to experience engine issues on lap 165 when Busch reported he has a cylinder going down. Busch was running second at the time and he started to lose ground quickly. Busch had led 48 laps in the race already. Busch has had numerous engine problems throughout the season and that is the likely reason he didn’t make the Chase field. Busch remained in the race and he ended up finishing 28th.

The next yellow flag flew on lap 178 for debris in turn one. All cars visited pit road and Brian Vickers came off pit road first after taking two tires. Just one lap after the restart Denny Hamlin rocketed to the lead. The second and final round of green flag pit stops began on lap 242. After the stops were completed, Hamlin remained the leader. With just 27 laps to go the caution came out for debris. Hamlin was the leader on the restart followed by Johnson, Bowyer and Gordon. Johnson was no match for Hamlin on the restart and Hamlin cleared Johnson very quickly.

Hamlin then pulled out to a two second lead and never looked back. Hamlin dominated this race after he found his way up to the front and Hamlin crossed the finish line first. Hamlin then had one of the greatest burnouts of the season as he made his way to victory lane. Hamlin said in victory lane that it “Doesn’t hurt to have a little confidence.” Hamlin needed that confidence to have such a great run at New Hampshire. Hamlin’s victory was the 100th Sprint Cup Victory for Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR has had a very successful time in the Sprint Cup Series and expect them to have another hundred wins sometime soon.

Jimmie Johnson had a very good run at the Magic Mile today and he wound up second. Johnson has also taken over the points lead. Brad Keselowski has fallen back to second in the point’s standings, only one point behind Johnson. With Hamlin’s win he has moved up to the third position in the points, only seven points behind Johnson. Other notable Chase finishes in the race include  Jeff Gordon in third, Clint Bowyer in fourth, Kasey Kahne in fifth, Keselowski sixth, Stewart seventh, Harvick eleventh, Earnhardt Jr thirteenth, Kenseth fourteenth, Truex Jr seventeenth and Biffle eighteenth.

The Chase still remains close and as we go to Dover next weekend, many drivers have a chance to pull away. The Monster Mile has been known to take Chase drivers out of championship contention and the Monster could do the same next weekend. Tune in next Sunday for the next round of the Chase at Dover.

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1 32 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 48/5 300 Running
2 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 43/1 300 Running
3 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 42/1 300 Running
4 12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 40/0 300 Running
5 6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 40/1 300 Running
6 15 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 39/1 300 Running
7 3 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 38/1 300 Running
8 18 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 36/0 300 Running
9 4 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Freightliner / Jet Edge 36/1 300 Running
10 8 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Aspen Dental 34/0 300 Running
11 16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 33/0 300 Running
12 7 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 32/0 300 Running
13 14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / Diet Mtn. Dew / National Guard 31/0 300 Running
14 25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 31/1 300 Running
15 11 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 29/0 300 Running
16 22 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 28/0 300 Running
17 9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 27/0 300 Running
18 13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / GE Appliances 26/0 300 Running
19 5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 25/0 300 Running
20 17 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans 24/0 300 Running
21 22 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 0 300 Running
22 24 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Energizer 22/0 300 Running
23 19 43 Aric Almirola Ford Trim Fit 21/0 298 Running
24 21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 20/0 298 Running
25 23 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 19/0 298 Running
26 29 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet LiftMaster 18/0 297 Running
27 28 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 17/0 297 Running
28 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 17/1 297 Running
29 26 34 David Ragan Ford Shriner’s Hospital for Children 15/0 296 Running
30 34 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 14/0 295 Running
31 33 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 13/0 295 Running
32 37 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 12/0 295 Running
33 42 32 Mike Olsen Ford North Country Ford 11/0 288 Running
34 39 33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet Little Joes
10/0 151 Brakes
35 43 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 9/0 145 Transmission
36 30 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 9/1 100 Vibration
37 31 98 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 7/0 97 Vibration
38 27 195 Scott Speed Ford Jordan Truck Sales 6/0 88 Susp.
39 36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 78 Brakes
40 41 36 Tony Raines Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 4/0 68 Rear Gear
41 40 37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet MaxQworkforce
3/0 29 Brakes
42 35 191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 0 21 Brakes
43 38 179 Kelly Bires Ford BBI / Bestway 0 20 Brakes



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