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Rookies knocking on door of top 10

Updated: April 23, 2006, 3:38 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

If you take a quick glance at the standings, the largest rookie class in the modern era doesn't look so hot. But just because these drivers are absent from the top 10 doesn't mean you should count them out.

In five of the seven races this year, the top-finishing rookie has come home with a top-10 finish. And a little more than a week ago at Texas Motor Speedway, three rookies finished in the top 15.

With Denny Hamlin's fourth-place Texas finish, he jumped a remarkable nine spots into ...

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