Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/2/14

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 30: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 30, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer There was a noticeable change in Denny Hamlin three years ago when he finally broke through for his first career victory at his home track in Richmond. He was soaring when he left the speedway with the one trophy he had coveted his entire life. Convinced he could not be stopped, he raced that way the rest of the year and flirted with the Sprint Cup championship. That attitude stayed with him into 2010, when he won a career-high eight races and took Jimmie Johnson to the wire in the championship race. But Hamlin fumbled away the title in the finale, and it took him a year to recover. Now, on the three-year anniversary of that Richmond victory, Hamlin is headed home to Virginia with his confidence through the roof again. ''It's very similar to how I felt in 2009,'' he said. ''I'd say for sure I haven't felt this good since then.'' He has every reason to feel invincible. He signed a long-term contract extension with Joe G...
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