Originally posted on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 4/22/12

Denny Hamlin had to hold off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr. on Sunday to win his second race of the season in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota.

It was the first win for Hamlin at 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver held off Truex by 0.700 seconds at the finish line as Truex's No. 56 NAPA Toyota became extremely loose at the end after leading a race-high 173 laps today.

The only other two drivers that were ever really up front leading the race were pole sitter A.J. Allmendinger who led 44 laps all at the beginning, and Hamlin who led 32 laps with all of them coming at the end.

Allmendinger was dominant early, but fell out of contention with engine problems and limped the car home to a 32nd place finish.

The race was yet another record setter as there were only three cautions for a total of only 18 laps. That caused a lot of high speed green flag action as the dominant cars ran up front all day due to the long runs.

Hamlin moved up to fifth in the Sprint Cup Standings today with the win and currently sits 23 points behind last week's Texas winner and fifth-place finisher at Kansas Greg Biffle.

Truex Jr. now sits a career best second in the points heading into next Saturday night's race at Richmond, just only 15 points out of first.

Rounding out the top five finishers behind Hamlin and Truex were Jimmie Johnson in third, Matt Kenseth in fourth, and Biffle in fifth.

Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch filled out the top ten in the 400.5 mile race.

There was a lot of jockeying for position in the top 10 of the points standings today, as Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Tony Stewart all lost a spot in the standings. They now sit third, fourth, sixth, and eighth, respectively, while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards each gained spots are now seventh and ninth, respectively.

For Edwards, his ninth-place race finish gained him two spots in the standings and forced Clint Bowyer out of the top ten to 11th as Bowyer had engine problems and finished 36th. Engine issues plagued a number of teams representing every manufacturer other than Ford, including such drivers as Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Mark Martin.

Denny Hamlin has to be one of the favorites to win next week as Richmond is his home track and he's won two of the last five races at the short track. You can also be all but certain that there will be more caution flags next week on the three-quarter mile short track than there have been the last two weeks combined. Between Texas and Kansas, there was a total of just five cautions in two weeks. That will definitely change on Saturday night as drivers who are buried deep in the points standings will try to use Richmond to make a move and gain momentum for the rest of the season.

Finishing Order

1. 11 Denny Hamlin
2. 56 Martin Truex Jr.
3. 48 Jimmie Johnson
4. 17 Matt Kenseth
5. 16 Greg Biffle
6. 29 Kevin Harvick
7. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8. 5 Kasey Kahne
9. 99 Carl Edwards
10. 18 Kyle Busch

11. 2 Brad Keselowski
12. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya
13. 14 Tony Stewart
14. 1 Jamie McMurray
15. 20 Joey Logano
16. 9 Marcos Ambrose
17. 51 Kurt Busch
18. 27 Paul Menard
19. 12 Sam Hornish Jr.
20. 39 Ryan Newman -2 Laps

21. 24 Jeff Gordon -3 Laps
22. 31 Jeff Burton -3 Laps
23. 43 Aric Almirola -3 Laps
24. 78 Regan Smith -4 Laps
25. 93 Travis Kvapil -4 Laps
26. 13 Casey Mears -4 Laps
27. 38 David Gilliland -4 Laps
28. 32 Reed Sorenson -4 Laps
29. 10 David Reutimann -5 Laps
30. 34 David Ragan -5 Laps

31. 49 J.J. Yeley -6 Laps
32. 22 A.J. Alllmendinger -10 Laps
33. 55 Mark Martin - 12 Laps
34. 83 Landon Cassill -53 Laps
35. 47 Bobby Labonte -135 Laps
36. 15 Clint Bowyer OUT
37. 36 Dave Blaney OUT
38. 30 David Stremme OUT
39. 26 Josh Wise OUT
40. 98 Michael McDowell OUT

41. 87 Joe Nemechek OUT
42. 19 Mike Bliss OUT
43. 23 Scott Riggs OUT

Sprint Cup points standings after eight races

1. 16 Greg Biffle 312
2. 56 Martin Truex Jr. -15
3. 17 Matt Kenseth -17
4. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -21
5. 11 Denny Hamlin -23
6. 29 Kevin Harvick -25
7. 48 Jimmie Johnson -37
8. 14 Tony Stewart -47
9. 99 Carl Edwards -61
10. 39 Ryan Newman -63

11. 15 Clint Bowyer -85 (second Wild Card)
12. 20 Joey Logano -91
13. 18 Kyle Busch -94
14. 27 Paul Menard -94
15. 2 Brad Keslowski -95 (first Wild Card)
16. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya -105
17. 31 Jeff Burton -111
18. 24 Jeff Gordon -112
19. 1 Jamie McMurray -122
20. 43 Aric Almirola -125

Other notables:

23. A.J. Allmendinger -127
25. 51 Kurt Busch -166
26. 5 Kasey Kahne -174

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