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Hamlin wins to close up Chase battle

Denny Hamlin notched up his fourth win at Martinsville to close up the Sprint Cup battle to just 6pts between him and reigning champion Jimmie Johnson.
Denny Hamlin's seventh win of the 2010 season is more than any of the other Chase contenders, and there's no question that he's the man in form and on the move.

Kevin Harvick stays in contention with third place at Martinsville, while Jimmie Johnson remains Mr Consistency and stays in the lead in the Sprint Cup points - albeit by just 6pts. However, the threat of a possible penalty for a drive shaft cover change during pre-race inspection hangs over the #48.

Martinsville also saw strong runs from non-Chase contenders Mark Martin, Joey Logano - and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who caused the crowd to erupt when the #88 took the lead from Jeff Gordon mid-race and headed the field for 90 laps.

1. Denny Hamlin 500 laps 190/5pts
2. Mark Martin 500 laps 170/0pts
3. Kevin Harvick 500 laps 170/5pts
4. Kyle Busch 500 laps 160/0pts
5. Jimmie Johnson 500 laps 155/0pts
6. Joey Logano 500 laps 150/0pts
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 500 laps 151/5pts
8. Carl Edwards 500 laps 142/0pts
9. Jeff Burton 500 laps 148/10pts
10. Brad Keselowski 500 laps 134/0pts
11. Jamie McMurray 500 laps 130/0pts
12. A.J. Allmendinger 500 laps 127/0pts
13. Paul Menard 500 laps 124/0pts
14. Kasey Kahne 500 laps 121/0pts
15. Matt Kenseth 500 laps 118/0pts
16. Kurt Busch 499 laps 115/0pts
17. David Ragan 499 laps 112/0pts
18. Ken Schrader 499 laps 114/5pts
19. Juan Montoya 499 laps 106/0pts
20. Jeff Gordon 498 laps 108/5pts
21. Aric Almirola 498 laps 100/0pts
22. Robby Gordon 498 laps 102/5pts
23. Scott Speed 498 laps 94/0pts
24. Tony Stewart 498 laps 96/5pts
25. Sam Hornish Jr. 496 laps 88/0pts
26. Hermie Sadler 496 laps 85/0pts
27. David Reutimann 494 laps 87/5pts
28. Elliott Sadler 474 laps 79/0pts
29. Martin Truex Jr. 473 laps 76/0pts
30. Ryan Newman 455 laps 78/5pts
31. Regan Smith 442 laps 70/0pts
32. Tony Raines 437 laps 67/0pts Rear Gear
33. Greg Biffle 432 laps 64/0pts
34. Marcos Ambrose 428 laps 66/5pts
35. Travis Kvapil 423 laps 58/0pts Rear Gear
36. Dave Blaney 418 laps 55/0pts Brakes
37. David Gilliland 382 laps 52/0pts
38. Clint Bowyer 359 laps 49/0pts Rear Gear
39. J.J. Yeley 282 laps 46/0pts Brakes
40. Casey Mears 271 laps 48/5pts Electrical
41. Joe Nemechek 264 laps 40/0pts Brakes
42. Landon Cassill 200 laps 37/0pts Brakes
43. Bobby Labonte 197 laps 34/0pts Overheating

Sprint Cup standings

1. (--) Jimmie Johnson 5998pts Leader
2. (--) Denny Hamlin 5992pts -6pts
3. (--) Kevin Harvick 5936pts -62pts
4. (+1) Kyle Busch 5826pts -172pts
5. (-1) Jeff Gordon 5795pts -203pts
6. (+1) Carl Edwards 5785pts -213pts
7. (-1) Tony Stewart 5762pts -236pts
8. (+2) Jeff Burton 5752pts -246pts
9. (--) Kurt Busch 5721pts -277pts
10. (+1) Matt Kenseth 5705pts -293pts
11. (-3) Greg Biffle 5682pts -316pts
12. (--) Clint Bowyer 5592pts -406pts

13. (--) Jamie McMurray 3916pts -2082pts
14. (+1) Mark Martin 3802pts -2196pts
15. (-1) Ryan Newman 3789pts -2209pts
16. (--) Juan Montoya 3696pts -2302pts
17. (+1) Joey Logano 3649pts -2349pts
18. (-1) David Reutimann 3607pts -2391pts
19. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3606pts -2392pts
20. (--) A.J. Allmendinger 3546pts -2452pts
21. (--) Kasey Kahne 3519pts -2479pts
22. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 3459pts -2539pts
23. (--) Paul Menard 3331pts -2667pts
24. (--) David Ragan 3166pts -2832pts
25. (--) Brad Keselowski 3121pts -2877pts
26. (--) Marcos Ambrose 3047pts -2951pts
27. (+1) Scott Speed 2868pts -3130pts
28. (-1) Elliott Sadler 2856pts -3142pts
29. (--) Sam Hornish Jr. 2824pts -3174pts
30. (--) Regan Smith 2799pts -3199pts
31. (+1) Travis Kvapil 2264pts -3734pts
32. (-1) Bobby Labonte 2256pts -3742pts
33. (--) David Gilliland 2163pts -3835pts
34. (+1) Robby Gordon 1792pts -4206pts
35. (-1) Kevin Conway* 1757pts -4241pts
36. (--) Reed Sorenson 1355pts -4643pts
37. (--) Casey Mears 1237pts -4761pts
38. (--) Dave Blaney 1235pts -4763pts
39. (--) Joe Nemechek 1200pts -4798pts
40. (--) Brian Vickers 1158pts -4840pts
41. (--) Bill Elliott 946pts -5052pts
42. (--) Mike Bliss 919pts -5079pts
43. (--) Max Papis 907pts -5091pts
44. (--) Michael McDowell 871pts -5127pts
45. (--) David Stremme 825pts -5173pts
46. (--) J.J. Yeley 779pts -5219pts
47. (--) Landon Cassill 588pts -5410pts
48. (+1) Tony Raines 479pts -5519pts
49. (-1) Boris Said 448pts -5550pts
50. (--) Patrick Carpentier 399pts -5599pts



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