Denny Hamlin earns Chase's top spot

Updated: September 13, 2010, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- Denny Hamlin was the popular preseason pick to win his first NASCAR championship. He snapped a monthlong slump just in time to move to the top of the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings.

Hamlin dominated Saturday night at home track, winning the final race of the "regular season" for the second consecutive year. Like last year at Richmond International Raceway, he hoped to take that momentum into the 10-race Chase, which begins next week at New Hampshire.

But ...

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