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Hamlin brings old-school charm with new-kid skills

Updated: December 7, 2006, 5:18 PM ET
By Paul Grant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- In today's NASCAR world, Denny Hamlin represents the past. Not that he's yesterday's man, necessarily, but rather he's a link to the roots to what made the sport as popular as it is today.

Thursday's awards luncheon at chic Cipriani restaurant in midtown Manhattan, for instance, was all about the new NASCAR. You know, the NASCAR everyone's saying is still connected to its roots, but holds its awards functions in a city that doesn't have a track and dresses up its drivers ...

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