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For fans who missed the old days of caution-filled Bristol races and heated tempers, Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway didn’t disappoint. The race saw 13 cautions, the most of any Cup race at the track since a track configuration in 2007. And tempers were high too, as fans witnessed Tony Stewart throwing his helmet at the No. 17 car of Matt Kenseth and a disgusted Danica Patrick pointing angrily at the No. 78 of Regan Smith. The race also wasn’t a disappointment for Denny Hamlin. Hamlin claimed his first-career win at Bristol, his third victory of 2012. “This is my biggest win,” an excited Hamlin said in victory lane. “We’re not done winning yet. There’s still a few more to go.” The win was Hamlin’s first since April. “We feel like we’re making up for some of those that got away earlier this season,” crew chief Darian Grubb said. The high number of cautions produced several opportunities for teams to vary pit strat

Hamlin relishes first Bristol win

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...

Denny Hamlin Out Grooves at Bristol, Wins Irwin Tools Night Race

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No.11 Fed Ex Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing won tonight’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This was Hamlin’s first win at the famed short track in Bristol, Tenn and his third victory thus far in 2012. This win ties Hamlin with Johnson, Keselowski and Stewart for bonus points upon commencement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase that starts at Chicagoland...

Hamlin survives caution-heavy race

Denny Hamlin won for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway with a calculated late pass. Hamlin flirted with Carl Edwards for the lead late in the race, and set up his move with 39 laps remaining Saturday night. Hamlin used a slide move to get past Edwards, then held on as Edwards tried to use a cross-over move to get back in front. It didn't work for Edwards, and Hamlin...

Denny Hamlin Irwin Tools Night Race Preview

The Series heads back to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s 500-lap event at the ‘Concrete Coliseum.’ Hamlin is making his 14th career start at the half-mile track, recording six top-10 finishes in 13 career Bristol races, including a runner-up result in the Spring 2009 event. In the March race at Bristol earlier this year, Hamlin finished 20th, fighting track...

Denny Hamlin Bristol Media Transcript – Race Winner

THE MODERATOR:  Talk about a big win for the Job Gibbs organization. J.D. GIBBS:  It is.  They are all big wins and you think after doing this all these years you would not be as stressed as you are until that last lap, you breathe that sigh of relief and what’s encouraging is I think to finish the way we did with Denny was special.  A bunch of the FedEx executives were here...

CUP: A Rebound For Hamlin

Denny Hamlin’s Bristol win puts new confidence in team as Chase approaches…

Denny Hamlin Wins Bristol

Few topics in NASCAR have been as polarizing as track owner Bruton Smith’s decision to “narrow up” the historic half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway...

Denny Hamlin Wins Wild Race at Reconfigured Bristol Motor Speedway

  It wasn't the old Bristol, but it was definitely a better Bristol. Denny Hamlin saved his best effort for the stretch run in Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and his persistence paid off with the No. 11 team's third win of the season in 24 Sprint Cup Series races. "It's Bristol -- I don't know what to say, man," Hamlin...

Hamlin Wins at Wild Bristol While Tempers Flare

Tick . . . Tock . . . Tick . . . Tock as the 2012 NASCAR season counts down its regular race season and drivers “on the bubble” for “The Chase” are beginning to run out of time. This week highlighted the bump-and-run environment of Bristol Motor Speedway, a ½ mile oval track notorious for its fender-bender banging & tight turns. Going into Saturday night’s 24th of...

Denny Hamlin wins action-packed Cup race at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — It wasn’t the old Bristol, but it was definitely a better Bristol. Denny Hamlin saved his best effort for the stretch run in Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and his persistence paid off with the No. 11 team’s third win of the season in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. “It’s Bristol — I don’t know what to say, man,...
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