Hamlin holds on for maiden 2011 victory

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Monday 20th June, 2011 - 6:38am

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Hamlin has now won 17 Sprint Cup races in his career

Hamlin has now won 17 Sprint Cup races in his career

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin has taken his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race victory of the season in the Heluva Good 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The FedEx Camry held off Roush Fenway’s Matt Kenseth by just 0.28s after Hamlin emerged from a final round of pitstops in the lead with eight laps remaining.

The caution had been brought out by a wrecking Dale Earnhardt Jr, who cut a tyre after earlier contact with team-mate Mark  Martin.

Kyle Busch, Paul Mernard and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

Edwards, who won the Nationwide race at the Michigan venue, passed Kenseth and Busch to take the lead following what would turn out to be the penultimate caution on Lap 158, but did not have the pace to contend in the closing laps.

The Lap 158 caution was flown after a slowing Juan Pablo Montoya was heavily collected by Andy Lally in the tri-oval.

Australian Marcos Ambrose finished the race on the lead lap in 23rd position.

Jimmie Johnson’s winless record at Michigan continued, with the five-time defending champion finishing in 27th position after bringing out the first caution of the day with a spin off of Turn 2 on Lap 7. 

Cut tyres also saw Robby Gordon and Brad Keselowski bring out the yellow flags during the 200 lap encounter.

Carl Edwards continues to lead the points standings after 15 of 36 races.

See below for the full race result

FIN ST DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 10 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 47/1 200 Running
2 3 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 43/1 200 Running
3 24 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 42/1 200 Running
4 9 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 41/1 200 Running
5 23 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac “Now Hiring” 40/1 200 Running
6 13 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 236th Birthday 39/1 200 Running
7 6 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 37/0 200 Running
8 27 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 36/0 200 Running
9 19 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 35/0 200 Running
10 4 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 34/0 200 Running
11 1 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 34/1 200 Running
12 12 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 0 200 Running
13 26 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 31/0 200 Running
14 22 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 31/1 200 Running
15 7 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross / 3M 31/2 200 Running
16 17 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane 0 200 Running
17 31 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 27/0 200 Running
18 30 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 26/0 200 Running
19 14 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 25/0 200 Running
20 20 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 24/0 200 Running
21 15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 23/0 200 Running
22 16 Bobby Labonte Toyota RainEater / Advance Auto Parts 23/1 200 Running
23 18 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 21/0 200 Running
24 33 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 20/0 200 Running
25 41 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 19/0 200 Running
26 11 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 18/0 199 Running
27 21 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 17/0 199 Running
28 8 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 16/0 199 Running
29 40 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 15/0 199 Running
30 25 Juan Montoya Chevrolet “Cars 2” 14/0 199 Running
31 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Fellowship of Christian Athletes 0 199 Running
32 35 Mike Bliss Ford blu Cigs 0 199 Running
33 5 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 11/0 199 Running
34 42 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 10/0 198 Running
35 2 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 9/0 180 Running
36 36 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 8/0 155 Accident
37 37 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / Walgreens 7/0 80 Vibration
38 39 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 7/1 51 Electrical
39 34 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Red Line Oil 5/0 47 Brakes
40 29 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 0 44 Vibration
41 32 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 3/0 39 Clutch
42 43 Scott Riggs Chevrolet WhitneysCollision.com 0 30 Brakes
43 38 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 1/0 28 Electrical

See below for the championship points after 15 of 36 races

RANK DRIVER POINTS
1 Carl Edwards 532
2 Kevin Harvick 512
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 505
4 Kyle Busch 503
5 Jimmie Johnson 503
6 Matt Kenseth 491
7 Kurt Busch 491
8 Ryan Newman 456
9 Denny Hamlin 455
10 Clint Bowyer 455
11 Tony Stewart 454
12 Jeff Gordon 438
13 Greg Biffle 425
14 Mark Martin 418
15 Juan Montoya 409
16 Paul Menard 402
17 A.J. Allmendinger 402
18 David Ragan 395
19 Kasey Kahne 387
20 Martin Truex Jr. 376
21 Marcos Ambrose 369
22 Brad Keselowski 364
23 Joey Logano 359
24 Brian Vickers 348
25 Jeff Burton 345
26 David Reutimann 341
27 Bobby Labonte 326
28 Jamie McMurray 326
29 Regan Smith 322
30 David Gilliland 254
31 Dave Blaney 231
32 Casey Mears 219
33 Andy Lally* 160
34 Robby Gordon 157
35 Tony Raines 117
36 Bill Elliott 100
37 Ken Schrader 73
38 J.J. Yeley 51
39 Michael McDowell 45
40 Terry Labonte 40
41 David Stremme 27
42 Michael Waltrip 20
43 T.J. Bell* 5
44 Brian Keselowski* 3
45 Steve Park 2
46 Trevor Bayne 0
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
48 Landon Cassill 0
49 Steve Wallace 0
50 Mike Skinner 0
51 Mike Bliss 0
52 Travis Kvapil 0
53 Hermie Sadler 0
54 Patrick Carpentier 0
55 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
56 Johnny Sauter 0
57 David Starr 0
58 Dennis Setzer 0
59 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
60 Scott Wimmer 0
61 Joe Nemechek 0
62 Todd Bodine 0
63 Scott Riggs 0
64 Kevin Conway 0
65 Derrike Cope 0

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