Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/26/12
Denny Hamlin used old-style short-track racing techniques to tame the new Bristol Motor Speedway. With his third win of the season, Hamlin likely locked his way into his seventh consecutive NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. But Hamlin characterized his accomplishment at Thunder Valley as "the greatest win of his career." "It's Bristol," Hamlin said on the radio. "I don't know what to say man. I'm so damn happy!" Hamlin battled to the point for the first time on Lap 85 and led one circuit. He would cycle through three more times before he caught Carl Edwards on Lap 458 and passed him four laps later. Hamlin described the opportunity as "my only chance" as he used a textbook slide job to take the lead for the fifth and final time. "I knew I had to do everything I could just to slide up in front of him," Hamlin said. "I knew if there was any chance of us having a caution, I was going to get on the inside because he was going to take the outside, so I had to take the lead as soon a...
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