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Cup: Bristol - Race results

Denny Hamlin started the evening with a dance at driver introductions, and then waltzed away with victory in the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin claimed his third victory of the 2012 with a win for Joe Gibbs Racing under the floodlights in the IRWIN Tools Night Race at the short half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway oval.

It's Hamlin's 20th win in 246 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, and the first time that he's won at Bristol. He beat Hendrick Motorsports duo Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to the line after a race lasting over three hours and comprising 13 cautions.

Hamlin's team mate Joey Logano - who won Saturday's Nationwide race at Bristol - led the most laps with 139 of the 500 laps in front, but he had to be content with eighth at the finish. The third JGR team mate Kyle Busch did slightly better and finished in sixth which puts him back into a provisional wild card spot for the Chase, after Ryan Newman was involved in an early accident and finished in 36th place.

Despite finishing back in 19th place, Greg Biffle retains the lead of the championship and is now locked into the Chase with two races remaining, along with Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Race results

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 500 laps 3hrs 9mins 27secs (47/4 pts)
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 500 laps + 1.103s (43/1 pts)
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 500 laps + 1.249s (41/0 pts)
4. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 500 laps + 2.354s (41/1 pts)
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 500 laps + 5.237s (40/1 pts)
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 500 laps + 5.717s (38/0 pts)
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 500 laps + 5.914s (37/0 pts)
8. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 500 laps + 6.265s (38/2 pts)
9. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 500 laps + 6.400s (36/1 pts)
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 500 laps + 7.269s (34/0 pts)
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 500 laps + 7.667s (34/1 pts)
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 500 laps + 8.059s (33/1 pts)
13. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 500 laps + 8.895s (31/1 pts)
14. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 500 laps + 9.677s (30/0 pts)
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 500 laps + 10.039s (29/0 pts)
16. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 500 laps + 10.440s (28/0 pts)
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 500 laps + 10.760s (27/0 pts)
18. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 500 laps + 10.942s (26/0 pts)
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 500 laps + 12.822s (26/1 pts)
20. #38 David Gilliland Ford 500 laps + 13.562s (24/0 pts)
21. #13 Casey Mears Ford 500 laps + 1 Lap (24/1 pts)
22. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 496 laps + 4 laps (23/1 pts)
23. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 496 laps + 4 laps (21/0 pts)
24. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 490 laps + 10 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 486 laps + 14 laps (20/1 pts)
26. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 476 laps Accident (18/0 pts)
27. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 471 laps + 29 laps (18/1 pts)
28. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 440 laps + 60 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 434 laps Accident (0pts)
30. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 434 laps + 66 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 417 laps + 83 laps (0pts)
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 409 laps + 91 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 360 laps + 140 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 343 laps + 157 laps (0pts)
35. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 235 laps Accident (9/0 pts)
36. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 189 laps Accident (8/0 pts)
37. #30 David Stremme Toyota 159 laps Rear Gear (7/0 pts)
38. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 150 laps Brakes (6/0 pts)
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 130 laps Electrical (0pts)
40. #33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 56 laps Fuel Pressure (4/0 pts)
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 20 laps Brakes (3/0 pts)
42. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 9 laps Accident (2/0 pts)
43. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 6 laps Power Steering (0pts)

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Greg Biffle 849pts
2. (+2) Jimmie Johnson 838pts (-11pts)
3. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 834pts (-15pts)
4. (-2) Matt Kenseth 823pts (-26pts)
5. (+1) Martin Truex Jr. 797pts (-52pts)
6. (+1) Clint Bowyer 794pts (-55pts)
7. (-2) Brad Keselowski 790pts (-59pts)
8. (+2) Denny Hamlin 774pts (-75pts)
9. (-1) Kevin Harvick 767pts (-82pts)
10. (-1) Tony Stewart 746pts (-103pts)
11. (--) Kasey Kahne 730pts (-119pts)
12. (--) Carl Edwards 712pts (-137pts)
13. (+1) Kyle Busch 707pts (-142pts)
14. (+2) Jeff Gordon 691pts (-158pts)
15. (-2) Ryan Newman 688pts (-161pts)
16. (+1) Marcos Ambrose 679pts (-170pts)
17. (-2) Paul Menard 674pts (-175pts)
18. (--) Joey Logano 638pts (-211pts)
19. (--) Jamie McMurray 598pts (-251pts)
20. (--) Jeff Burton 577pts (-272pts)
21. (+1) Juan Montoya 562pts (-287pts)
22. (-1) Aric Almirola 557pts (-292pts)
23. (--) Regan Smith 516pts (-333pts)
24. (--) Bobby Labonte 513pts (-336pts)
25. (--) Kurt Busch 452pts (-397pts)
26. (+1) Casey Mears 436pts (-413pts)
27. (+1) David Gilliland 425pts (-424pts)
28. (-2) Mark Martin 417pts (-432pts)
29. (+1) David Ragan 409pts (-440pts)
30. (-1) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-449pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 399pts (-450pts)
32. (--) Landon Cassill 372pts (-477pts)
33. (+1) Dave Blaney 308pts (-541pts)
34. (-1) David Reutimann 306pts (-543pts)
35. (+1) Brian Vickers 177pts (-672pts)
36. (-1) David Stremme 172pts (-677pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 135pts (-714pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 122pts (-727pts)
39. (--) Josh Wise* 107pts (-742pts)
40. (--) Ken Schrader 102pts (-747pts)
41. (--) Stephen Leicht* 89pts (-760pts)
42. (--) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-774pts)
43. (--) Scott Speed 69pts (-780pts)
44. (--) Tony Raines 67pts (-782pts)
45. (--) Terry Labonte 66pts (-783pts)
46. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-799pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 41pts (-808pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-815pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-835pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-836pts)
51. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-838pts)
52. (--) Mike Skinner 10pts (-839pts)
53. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-843pts)
54. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-844pts)
55. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-845pts)
56. (--) Kelly Bires 2pts (-847pts)
57. (--) Patrick Long 2pts (-847pts)

* Denotes Rookie
Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown



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