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Denny Hamlin's engine swap a bold move

Updated: August 20, 2011, 1:41 PM ET
By Terry Blount

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Toyota team had a choice to make.

Take a bold move and change engine programs four races before the Chase, or stick with the in-house engine shop at Joe Gibbs Racing and hope for the best.

Hamlin and crew chief Mike Ford opted for the change, believing it was the safer choice of the two. Hamlin is using a Toyota Racing Development engine this weekend instead of a JGR motor.

Hamlin is on the Chase bubble ...

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