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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)
Although he lost position on the final lap at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as he ran out of fuel, Denny Hamlin knows he and his team did not have a car Sunday that was going to contend for the win. He said this. After he fell to a 16th-place finish on that final lap, I like what I heard in his postrace interview. He was still upbeat. Let's face it - he's fourth in the points, only 15 points back after entering the Chase for the Sprint Cup opening race with the points lead. There are a lot of teams, like those of Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth, that would love to be only 15 points out of the lead right now. I liked what I saw from crew chief Darian Grubb after the race. He gathered that crew together at the side of the hauler, he didn't wait until Monday at the shop, he didn't wait until they got to the airport, he did it immediately after the race and told them, "You know what, we had a mistake today, it was a mistake on all of our part, it's not one person's fau...
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