Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/24/12
Denny Hamlin sure has ridden the roller coaster the last few years. Think back to 2010 when he won eight races and was vying for the championship right up to and including the last race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He ended up finishing second to Jimmie Johnson that season. In 2011, it was literally the completely other end of the spectrum for he and his Joe Gibbs Racing team. Yes, they won the June Michigan race, but they limped into the Chase for the Sprint Cup last year and much like their season, they really weren't a factor. At the end of the season the team made wholesale changes, including in the crew chief position. Now, 2012 is really starting to look like 2010. We've had eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races this year. Denny has now won two races and a pole position plus has three top fives and four top 10s so far. On top of that, he finds himself fifth in the points, only 23 back of leader Greg Biffle. Even when races this year don't go their way - and the race ...
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