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Denny Hamlin extends Martinsville reign

Updated: October 24, 2010, 7:59 PM ET
Associated Press

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Denny Hamlin figured if he was going to make a run at Jimmie Johnson's points lead, there was no better place to start than Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin passed Kevin Harvick for the lead with 29 laps to go Sunday and earned his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup win at the smallest circuit in the series.

"I don't think I've ever closed that well, ever," Hamlin said after his 15th career victory, his series-best seventh this year and his fourth at Martinsville.

He ...

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