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Denny Hamlin: Why He Is Not a Legitimate Sprint Cup Chase Contender

This would have been a much more difficult argument just before the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup began in Chicago. Now, three races in with seven to go, Denny Hamlin has driven the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry completely out of contention. Hamlin made a promising recovery during the last regular season race at Richmond. After qualifying 28th, he managed to solidify his spot in the Chase with a clutch top-10 finish. Unfortunately for him and Joe Gibbs Racing, every effort thereafter has kept him in last place of all 12 Chase contenders. The numbers do not lie: at Chicago, New Hampshire and Dover he has qualified, respectively, 27th, 28th and 11th. This has translated into finishes of 31st, 29th and 18th, respectively. In paral...

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