Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/3/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
For Denny Hamlin, leading the points entering the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship is nothing new. Hamlin was in the same position in 2010. He had earned the most wins and when the points were recalculated, Hamlin entered NASCAR's version of the playoffs on top. What has changed? "I'm two years older and I have a baby on the way -- that's about it," Hamlin joked. But seriously, Hamlin has a new crew chief in Darian Grubb, and his team is invigorated and set for Sunday's first Chase race in the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. And yes, at 31, Hamlin has learned to accept situations he has no control over and improve on what he can. "I think I handle the tough days better," Hamlin said. "I don't think that I let them bother me quite as much. I think that I handle adversity better on the racetrack during the race. Other than that, I don't know. "I think I have more confidence behind the wheel. I had a lot of confidence then, but I know exactly what I need out of my ...
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