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Denny Hamlin: Chances of Making NASCAR Chase for the Cup

Denny Hamlin had a chance to win the race two weeks ago in Fontana. However, he and Joey Logano got tangled up. That led to Hamlin suffering a compression fracture in his back. Now, most believe Hamlin’s 2013 championship hopes are over.He is out for the next five weeks as Mark Martin and Brian Vickers act as substitute drivers. When he returns, Hamlin will have to average a top four finish over the course of the season to make the Chase, per George Diaz. That is a highly unlikely scenario. However, Hamlin’s race to his first Sprint Cup Series championship is not officially over. Wild-card positions are still a possibility. According to Diaz, Hamlin would have to finish in at least 20th in the point standings and have the most o...

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