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Denny Hamlin wins, takes Chase lead

Updated: November 8, 2010, 2:41 AM ET
Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- More Texas trouble for Jimmie Johnson, and a new leader in the closest three-way Chase for the Sprint Cup with only two races left.

Denny Hamlin completed a Texas two-step Sunday, winning at the track for the second time this year and taking over the points lead from four-time defending season champion Johnson.

Johnson's drive for five suddenly got real bumpy. Fourteen points ahead at the start of the race, he finished ninth to fall 33 points behind Hamlin.

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