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AAA Texas 500 - Race results

Denny Hamlin put himself at the top of the Sprint Cup standings with a win at Texas for the second time this year - just as the usually invincible Jimmie Johnson faltered.
Denny Hamlin might have been starting from a discouraging 30th position on the grid, but earlier in the year he had won at the same track from 29th - and he repeated the achievement this weekend at a critical moment in the fight for the 2010 Sprint Cup.

It's only the second time a driver has swept the year's Texas Motor Speedway events, and is Hamlin's 16th career win in the series. It puts him into the lead in the championship, the first time since 2006 that Jimmie Johnson hasn't led at this stage (and duly gone on to win.)

Although fast on the track, Johnson was hit by problems with his pit crew that were so bad, pit chief Chad Knaus finally took the emergency decision to switch them out en masse and bring in Jeff Gordon's pit crew for the remainder of the race. That was after Gordon himself was spun into a wreck by Jeff Burton on lap 191: Gordon was livid and stormed over to confront Burton, the two of them exchanging blows on track until NASCAR officials finally pulled them apart.

Kyle Busch was also furious with how the afternoon went, after getting hit by a pit lane speeding penalty. He expressed his anger with a single finger salute to NASCAR officials, which was caught on the live TV feed: Busch was penalised two laps for "unsportsmanlike conduct" after his "inappropriate gestures" and faces more sanctions from NASCAR post-race.

Race results

1. Denny Hamlin 334 laps 190/5pts
2. Matt Kenseth 334 laps 175/5pts
3. Mark Martin 334 laps 170/5pts
4. Joey Logano 334 laps 165/5pts
5. Greg Biffle 334 laps 165/10pts
6. Kevin Harvick 334 laps 155/5pts
7. Clint Bowyer 334 laps 146/0pts
8. David Ragan 334 laps 142/0pts
9. Jimmie Johnson 334 laps 143/5pts
10. Paul Menard 334 laps 134/0pts
11. Tony Stewart 334 laps 130/0pts
12. Marcos Ambrose 334 laps 127/0pts
13. Kasey Kahne 334 laps 124/0pts
14. A.J. Allmendinger 334 laps 121/0pts
15. David Reutimann 334 laps 118/0pts
16. Jamie McMurray 334 laps 115/0pts
17. Trevor Bayne 334 laps 112/0pts
18. Sam Hornish Jr. 334 laps 109/0pts
19. Carl Edwards 334 laps 106/0pts
20. Ryan Newman 334 laps 103/0pts
21. Aric Almirola 334 laps 100/0pts
22. Regan Smith 334 laps 97/0pts
23. Elliott Sadler 333 laps 99/5pts
24. Kurt Busch 333 laps 91/0pts
25. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 333 laps 88/0pts
26. Casey Mears 333 laps 90/5pts
27. Scott Speed 333 laps 82/0pts
28. Juan Montoya 333 laps 79/0pts
29. David Gilliland 333 laps 81/5pts
30. Bobby Labonte 333 laps 73/0pts
31. Patrick Carpentier 333 laps 75/5pts
32. Kyle Busch 332 laps 67/0pts
33. Brad Keselowski 332 laps 64/0pts
34. Andy Lally 331 laps 66/5pts
35. Robby Gordon 240 laps 63/5pts Engine
36. Jeff Burton 192 laps 55/0pts Accident
37. Jeff Gordon 190 laps 52/0pts Accident
38. Martin Truex Jr. 188 laps 49/0pts Accident
39. Mike Bliss 45 laps 51/5pts Rear Gear
40. Landon Cassill 35 laps 43/0pts Vibration
41. Travis Kvapil 25 laps 40/0pts Overheating
42. Dave Blaney 23 laps 37/0pts Overheating
43. Joe Nemechek 12 laps 34/0pts Engine
* Denotes Rookie

Sprint Cup standings

1. (+1) Denny Hamlin 6325pts Leader
2. (-1) Jimmie Johnson 6292pts -33pts
3. (--) Kevin Harvick 6266pts -59pts
4. (+2) Carl Edwards 6008pts -317pts
5. (+3) Matt Kenseth 6000pts -325pts
6. (-2) Jeff Gordon 5994pts -331pts
7. (-2) Kyle Busch 5986pts -339pts
8. (-1) Tony Stewart 5962pts -363pts
9. (+2) Greg Biffle 5953pts -372pts
10. (+2) Clint Bowyer 5928pts -397pts
11. (-2) Kurt Busch 5890pts -435pts
12. (-2) Jeff Burton 5852pts -473pts

13. (+1) Mark Martin 4107pts -2218pts
14. (-1) Jamie McMurray 4091pts -2234pts
15. (--) Ryan Newman 3986pts -2339pts
16. (+1) Joey Logano 3974pts -2351pts
17. (-1) Juan Montoya 3945pts -2380pts
18. (--) David Reutimann 3890pts -2435pts
19. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3750pts -2575pts
20. (+1) A.J. Allmendinger 3734pts -2591pts
21. (+1) Kasey Kahne 3733pts -2592pts
22. (-2) Martin Truex Jr. 3663pts -2662pts
23. (--) Paul Menard 3594pts -2731pts
24. (--) David Ragan 3408pts -2917pts
25. (--) Brad Keselowski 3324pts -3001pts
26. (--) Marcos Ambrose 3240pts -3085pts
27. (--) Elliott Sadler 3081pts -3244pts
28. (--) Sam Hornish Jr. 3056pts -3269pts
29. (--) Scott Speed 3026pts -3299pts
30. (--) Regan Smith 3023pts -3302pts
31. (--) Bobby Labonte 2378pts -3947pts
32. (+1) David Gilliland 2308pts -4017pts
33. (-1) Travis Kvapil 2304pts -4021pts
34. (--) Robby Gordon 1964pts -4361pts
35. (--) Kevin Conway* 1757pts -4568pts
36. (+1) Casey Mears 1418pts -4907pts
37. (-1) Reed Sorenson 1355pts -4970pts
38. (--) Joe Nemechek 1321pts -5004pts
39. (--) Dave Blaney 1309pts -5016pts
40. (--) Brian Vickers 1158pts -5167pts
41. (--) Bill Elliott 989pts -5336pts
42. (--) Mike Bliss 970pts -5355pts
43. (--) Max Papis 907pts -5418pts
44. (--) Michael McDowell 879pts -5446pts
45. (--) David Stremme 825pts -5500pts
46. (--) J.J. Yeley 779pts -5546pts
47. (--) Landon Cassill 631pts -5694pts
48. (--) Tony Raines 479pts -5846pts
49. (+1) Patrick Carpentier 474pts -5851pts
50. (+1) Aric Almirola 462pts -5863pts
* Denotes Rookie



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