Hamlin, Bowyer and Truex looking tough

Updated: September 11, 2012, 6:39 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

Not to dim the afterglow of Jeff Gordon's dogged midnight ride into the last Chase berth in the wee hours of Sunday, but a couple of other points shouldn't be neglected from the regular-season finale at Richmond: (1) Clint Bowyer did win the race and did improve his Chase seed, and (2) just because Denny Hamlin and crew lost a gamble on rain doesn't mean he's not still hot.

Those two afterthoughts both involve Toyota, which has never won a Cup championship in five seasons ...

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