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The Lugnut Report: Denny Hamlin Makes Noise, Solidifies Chase Spot

With his top five finish last week in Bristol and just two races before the race to the Chase begins, Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin was looking to solidify his fourth-place points position entering Atlanta Motor Speedway. With a victory at Pocono earlier in the year, eight top fives and 12 top 10s, Hamlin is having a quiet, successful 2009. The same can't be said for AMS, where despite a third-place finish in 2008, the driver of the No. 11 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota held an average finish of just 16.5 coming into the first ever night race held at the track.   The first practice for Hamlin got off to a good start; he was third on the charts throughout, but struggled with comfort issues on what he called a "twitchy" car. The Joe Gibb...

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