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Denny Hamlin’s team worked feverishly to get the No. 11 car back on track, after electrical issues sent them to the garage Sunday at Martinsville. Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
And then there were two. Just when it was looking like a three man race for the championship between Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin; Hamlin suffers a crushing electrical issue at a racetrack he has dominated at recently.
Heading into Sunday Hamlin had won three of the last six races at Martinsville, and he had finished outside the top-12 just once in his career at the half-mile paperclip. Sunday looked to be more of the same for Hamlin, as he had a stout car. He led 12 laps, despite getting busted for speeding on pitroad twice on the day. Hamlin talked about his speeding penalties after his disappointing day.
“I was doing what the crew chief said. I don’t know if that’s the right thing as far as NASCAR is concerned, bu...
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Denny Hamlin didn't receive the homecoming he had hoped for at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
The Virginia native entered the weekend third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 20 points behind then-leader Brad Keselowski.
However, although he fought back from several setbacks in the race, Hamlin couldn't overcome electrical issues.
"It's going (expletive) haywire...
The drivers are at Martinsville for the Tums Fast Relief 500 today for the seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race. Six-time Martinsville race winner, Jimmie Johnson is on the pole, his speed of 927.598 edged out Brian Vickers for the top spot, who is making his last start of 2012 season, in the #55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnson has finished in the top ten in 18...
After this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway and looking forward, I feel like we're down to three, maybe three-and-a-half men, who have a shot at the championship.
Denny Hamlin and his group took such a hit after the mechanical failure at Martinsville that being able to recover from the amount of points they lost in Sunday's race is going to be next to impossible...
Denny Hamlin says anything short of victory a disappointment…
When Joe Gibbs Racing looks back on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season its going to think it was a successful year because all three of its drivers won races.
Denny Hamlin has five wins and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup and teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano each have one victory.
But if the Gibbs teams ever really wants to contend for a championship, they've got to get...
Denny Hamlin spoke to the media after winning Saturday’s Kroger 200 from the Martinsville Speedway. It was his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win following up his win in this race one year ago. It was the first win of the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports as well. Video courtesy of the NASCAR Media Group.
If you had to pick any driver to come from the back of the field during a 200-lap race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the discussion wouldn't go much further than the name Denny Hamlin. After rain halted NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying twice and the session ended just prior to the start of Sprint Cup Series practice, Hamlin - who is still in the heat of the Chase...
If you had to pick any driver to come from the back of the field during a 200-lap race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the discussion wouldn’t go much further than the name Denny Hamlin. After rain halted NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying twice and the session ended just prior to the start of Sprint Cup Series practice, Hamlin – who is still in the heat of the Chase...
Suddenly and without warning, Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota lost power late in the race, finally stopping on the frontstretch on Lap 391 of 500 and causing the eighth caution of the afternoon.
The culprit was a broken bolt on the master switch -- a freakish failure that shut the car off. Hamlin lost 34 laps in the garage as his team repaired the problem. He finished 33rd and dropped...
To Denny Hamlin, it was standard operating procedure at Martinsville Speedway.
To Matt Crafton, it was an unjustified bulldozer move.
Regardless of the point of view, Hamlin won Saturday’s Kroger 200 with an aggressive pass after a restart with eight laps left and showed no regret in claiming his second victory at the 0.526-mile track and his second win in 15 career Camping World...
The anticipation going into Martinsville was that it would be a battle of the titans between Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, two guys that had that place figured out, along with Jeff Gordon and a few other big names in the sport.
But quite honestly, the battle was decided on Friday.
The thing about Martinsville that we sometimes overlook or doesn't get emphasized enough is...
Honestly, everything kind of unfolded Sunday afternoon to some degree the way it was anticipated at Martinsville Speedway.
We talked about it a lot pre-Martinsville. We knew we would have a fair amount of cautions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race; we had 11 cautions for 64 laps. At the same time, we cycled through one set of green-flag pit stops, so all that was pretty much in line...
A classic day at Martinsville filled with beating and banging sent Denny Hamlin to victory lane. Hamlin began the race in the back of the field and he made his way up to the front by the end of the race. Hamlin won this race last season and he came back this season to win his second straight grandfather clock. Hamlin was driving the No.51 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports and Hamlin...
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DENNY HAMLIN - WINNER
#11 FedEx Express Toyota
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.6
Five wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
Average finish of 11.9
Led 22 races for 1,168 laps
Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
Four wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
Average finish of 6.4 in 14 races
Martinsville Speedway marked the turning point of Tony Stewart’s Chase for the Sprint Cup last season, as his third win of the 10-race playoff put him back within striking distance of leader Carl Edwards. This year, the same track became a lightning rod for Jimmie Johnson, a struggle for Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin’s worst nightmare.
Johnson made up for losing the spring...