Hamlin in the mood for more after breakthrough win

Denny Hamlin loves winning, but he may take losing harder than most. Count him in a good mood after taking home the grandfather clock in front of the home state fans in Martinsville, writes David Newton.

Updated: April 2, 2008, 11:21 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Denny Hamlin was beyond frustration two weeks ago when a stalled engine on a green-white-checkered restart cost him the victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. So many bad things had happened to his Sprint Cup team in the first five races of this season and the last half of 2007 that he felt he was cursed for sure.

He was, as Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs so politely put it, in a bad mood.

What a difference a win can make.

Hamlin ...

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