First success of Denny Hamlin in the Nextel Cup
Sunday was Denny’s Hamlin lucky day because he obtained his first Nextel Cup victory of the season.
Hamlin pulled it off, beating the series points leader to the finish line by 0.068 seconds less than a car lengthto earn his third career victory and first since last July at Pocono.He came into the race second in points, but he’s been frustrated, leading laps and contending without being able to take a checkered flag in the first 16 races.
When the leaders made their final scheduled pit stops on lap 255 during a caution period , Hamlin was the only one to take 2 fres tires instead of four.
He obtained this way the first place and stayed out front to the end of the race.
"We were back in sixth and seventh most of the day and the only shot we had was to get track position." , "You know, two tires worked for us earlier (in the race) and we kind of made a note that anything inside of 120 laps to go we were going to do two." said Hamlin.
Hamlin said that he and his team are working hardly to win the 12 races because the 12 drivers who qualify for this year’s 10-race Chase for the championship will be seeded, with each driver getting 10 extra points for each win during the 26-race regular season.