With 2007 behind, Hamlin grows with experience

Denny Hamlin made the Chase in 2007, but it didn't go well after that. Figuring he gained some valuable experience, he's ready to gear it up again in 2008, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: February 9, 2008, 9:21 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

Denny Hamlin doesn't want to be on the outside looking in when NASCAR hosts the top 10 Sprint Cup drivers in New York at season's end.

With the Chase now featuring 12 drivers, the decision was made last year that only the top 10 would be honored at the Waldorf-Astoria. Besides the fact that going beyond 10 drivers would further stretch out the ceremony, NASCAR wanted the drivers to have a reason to fight for the 10th spot if they were already eliminated from championship contention ...

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