NASCAR’s 2009 Top 12

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. I’m talking about the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in this series. Today is fifth place finisher, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny started the Chase in fourth, and was considered a sleeper to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. He has two wins before the chase and was in the top six in points most of the year.

Denny has six wins to his credit. This is his fourth chase appearance. His best chase finish was his Rookie year, finishing third in 2006. This year he was second in laps led through 26 races. Denny’s best tracks are flat tracks, like New Hampshire and Martinsville. And his worse track is Dover. Let’s see how he did.

Denny finished third at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but Dover International Speedway bit him once again. Considering he hasn’t finished higher than 36th there, the 22nd place finish wasn’t all that bad.

Denny won in Martinsville, where he usually does well, and the Season finale in Homestead-Miami Speedway. He had six top fives in the chase, but had three finishes of 37th or worse. One such finish, he could have recovered from, but not three.

Look for Denny to contend next year if he can conquer the Monster Mile and not have any trouble. 2009 was his best year, win wise. He had two wins to start the chase in fourth, and two more in the Chase. Denny thinks he can do it, and that’s half the battle. However, it’ll be hard to keep Jimmy Johnson from winning his fifth title in a row.

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