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Las Vegas Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 15th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, unable to overcome a pit road speeding penalty under green flag conditions midway through the 400-mile event won by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. Hamlin made a pit stop on Lap 116 of the 267-lap race for four tires and fuel after driving from 11th into the top-five, but was too fast entering the pits and was charged with a ‘pass through’ penalty. The penalty dropped Hamlin one lap down and off pit sequence with the lead group. The FedEx Racing team got its lap back under caution on Lap 161 via the free pass, and restarted 17th. After another extended green flag period and yellow flag that saw the leaders come to pit road for service, crew chief Darian Grubb elected to keep Hamlin out to gain track position. He restarted as the leader and settled into the top-five with less than 50 laps remaining. Hamlin made a stop for two tires and fuel from fifth with 42 laps to go, as the team was within its window to make it the distance, while others still had to stop, and the #11 team was hoping the race would stay green to the conclusion. However, a caution came out a short time later, and Hamlin was again trapped a lap down. Using the wave around, Hamlin restarted in 19th and was able to make it up to 15th by the checkered flag. Kenseth won, followed by Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Hamlin started sixth and ran among the top-10 throughout the first half of the race, battling a loose race car on the slick, bumpy surface. The finish kept Hamlin fourth in the NASCAR standings following Las Vegas, 27 points behind Jimmie Johnson after three of 26 regular season races.  Bristol Preview: The FedEx Racing team heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 500-lap race on the 0.533-mile event. Hamlin was victorious the last time NASCAR was at Bristol, leading 70 laps en route to Victory Lane in the night race last August. Hamlin started eighth in that race and used a late-race pass on Edwards for his third win of the 2012 season. Hamlin has 14 career Cup starts at Bristol, recording seven top-10 finishes and leading 352 laps. Hamlin started 20th and finished 20th in the spring race at Bristol one year ago. He had a string of four-straight top-six finishes at Bristol from March 2008 to August 2009. Event: Food City 500 Date/Time: March 17/1 p.m. ET 2012 winner: Brad Keselowski 2012 polesitter: Greg Biffle Distance: 500 laps/266.5 Track Length: 0.533-mile Banking: 36 degrees Track Shape: Oval
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