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Cup: New Hampshire - Race results

Denny Hamlin dominated the second race of the 2012 Chase, the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, to deliver the 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup win for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Denny Hamlin bounced back from his disappointing Friday qualifying session - which saw him place in 32nd place after a mistake on the tyre pressures for the #11 car - to utterly dominate the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and claim an emphatic victory in the second race of the 2012 Chase.

It was Hamlin's fifth victory in 2012, and his 22nd career victory in 251 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, and came after he led 193 of the 300 laps - 187 of them in the last 200 laps of the race. Hamlin's win on Sunday was the 100th for his team Joe Gibbs Racing, with Tony Stewart (33), Bobby Labonte (21) and Kyle Busch (20) the other major contributors to the JGR haul.

The race proved remarkably event-free, with all three of the four cautions being for simple debris and the fourth being an early pre-scheduled competition caution on lap 42.

Hamlin's win moves him back up into third place in the Cup championship standings, just 7pts off current leader Jimmie Johnson with Brad Keselowski currently in second place. Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer all remain in close contention with eight races to go in the 2012 season.

On Saturday, Hamlin laid down the gauntlet for race day by topping both practice sessions with laps of 28.930s (131.656 mph) and 28.843s (132.053 mph), in both instances just pipping his current Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Joey Logano.

Race results

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 300 laps 2hrs 43mins 2secs (48/5 pts)
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 300 laps + 2.675s (43/1 pts)
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 300 laps + 4.980s (42/1 pts)
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 300 laps + 6.895s (40/0 pts)
5. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 300 laps + 7.393s (40/1 pts)
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 300 laps + 7.895s (39/1 pts)
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 300 laps + 8.661s (38/1 pts)
8. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 300 laps + 9.197s (36/0 pts)
9. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 300 laps + 9.758s (36/1 pts)
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 300 laps + 11.084s (34/0 pts)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 300 laps + 11.482s (33/0 pts)
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 300 laps + 11.737s (32/0 pts)
13. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 300 laps + 12.413s (31/0 pts)
14. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 300 laps + 12.687s (31/1 pts)
15. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 300 laps + 14.652s (29/0 pts)
16. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 300 laps + 14.845s (28/0 pts)
17. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 300 laps + 15.299s (27/0 pts)
18. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 300 laps + 15.882s (26/0 pts)
19. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 300 laps + 19.021s (25/0 pts)
20. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 300 laps + 1 lap (24/0 pts)
21. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 300 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
22. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 300 laps + 1 lap (22/0 pts)
23. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 298 laps + 2 laps (21/0 pts)
24. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 298 laps + 2 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 298 laps + 2 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 297 laps + 2 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 297 laps + 2 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 297 laps + 2 laps (17/1 pts)
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 296 laps + 3 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 295 laps + 4 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 295 laps + 4 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 295 laps + 4 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #32 Mike Olsen Ford 288 laps + 11 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 151 laps Brakes (10/0 pts)
35. #30 David Stremme Toyota 145 laps Transmission (9/0 pts)
36. #13 Casey Mears Ford 100 laps Vibration (9/1 pts)
37. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 97 laps Vibration (7/0 pts)
38. #195 Scott Speed Ford 88 laps Susp. (6/0 pts)
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 78 laps Brakes (0pts)
40. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 68 laps Rear Gear (4/0 pts)
41. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29 laps Brakes (3/0 pts)
42. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 21 laps Brakes (0pts)
43. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 20 laps Brakes (0pts)

Practice 3 times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.843s (Leader) 132.053 mph
2. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.924s (-0.081) 131.683 mph
3. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.953s (-0.110) 131.551 mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.029s (-0.186) 131.207 mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.040s (-0.197) 131.157 mph
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.053s (-0.210) 131.098 mph
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.078s (-0.235) 130.986 mph
8. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.080s (-0.237) 130.977 mph
9. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.084s (-0.241) 130.959 mph
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.084s (-0.241) 130.959 mph
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.084s (-0.241) 130.959 mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.089s (-0.246) 130.936 mph
13. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.102s (-0.259) 130.878 mph
14. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.117s (-0.274) 130.810 mph
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.126s (-0.283) 130.770 mph
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.132s (-0.289) 130.743 mph
17. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.167s (-0.324) 130.586 mph
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.169s (-0.326) 130.577 mph
19. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.172s (-0.329) 130.564 mph
20. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.173s (-0.330) 130.559 mph
21. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.189s (-0.346) 130.488 mph
22. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.203s (-0.360) 130.425 mph
23. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.218s (-0.375) 130.358 mph
24. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.223s (-0.380) 130.336 mph
25. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.228s (-0.385) 130.313 mph
26. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.252s (-0.409) 130.206 mph
27. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.315s (-0.472) 129.927 mph
28. #22 Dave Blaney Dodge 29.333s (-0.490) 129.847 mph
29. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.355s (-0.512) 129.750 mph
30. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.371s (-0.528) 129.679 mph
31. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.394s (-0.551) 129.577 mph
32. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.409s (-0.566) 129.511 mph
33. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.448s (-0.605) 129.340 mph
34. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.466s (-0.623) 129.261 mph
35. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.530s (-0.687) 128.981 mph
36. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.531s (-0.688) 128.976 mph
37. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.536s (-0.693) 128.954 mph
38. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.642s (-0.799) 128.493 mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.728s (-0.885) 128.122 mph
40. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.756s (-0.913) 128.001 mph
41. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 29.767s (-0.924) 127.954 mph
42. #32 Mike Olsen Ford 29.810s (-0.967) 127.769 mph
43. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 30.301s (-1.458) 125.699 mph

Practice 2 times

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.930s (Leader) 131.656 mph
2. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.977s (-0.047) 131.442 mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.993s (-0.063) 131.370 mph
4. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.000s (-0.070) 131.338 mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.016s (-0.086) 131.266 mph
6. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.029s (-0.099) 131.207 mph
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.031s (-0.101) 131.198 mph
8. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.036s (-0.106) 131.175 mph
9. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.041s (-0.111) 131.152 mph
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.090s (-0.160) 130.932 mph
11. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.090s (-0.160) 130.932 mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.123s (-0.193) 130.783 mph
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.130s (-0.200) 130.752 mph
14. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.133s (-0.203) 130.738 mph
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.134s (-0.204) 130.734 mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.136s (-0.206) 130.725 mph
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.152s (-0.222) 130.653 mph
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.185s (-0.255) 130.505 mph
19. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.224s (-0.294) 130.331 mph
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.238s (-0.308) 130.269 mph
21. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.242s (-0.312) 130.251 mph
22. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.258s (-0.328) 130.180 mph
23. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.268s (-0.338) 130.135 mph
24. #22 Dave Blaney Dodge 29.269s (-0.339) 130.131 mph
25. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.277s (-0.347) 130.095 mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.277s (-0.347) 130.095 mph
27. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.286s (-0.356) 130.055 mph
28. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.333s (-0.403) 129.847 mph
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.393s (-0.463) 129.582 mph
30. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.410s (-0.480) 129.507 mph
31. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.421s (-0.491) 129.459 mph
32. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.536s (-0.606) 128.954 mph
33. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.620s (-0.690) 128.589 mph
34. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.629s (-0.699) 128.550 mph
35. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.669s (-0.739) 128.376 mph
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.683s (-0.753) 128.316 mph
37. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 29.689s (-0.759) 128.290 mph
38. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 29.693s (-0.763) 128.273 mph
39. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 29.769s (-0.839) 127.945 mph
40. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.778s (-0.848) 127.907 mph
41. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 29.910s (-0.980) 127.342 mph
42. #32 Mike Olsen Ford 29.913s (-0.983) 127.329 mph
43. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 30.644s (-1.714) 124.292 mph

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (+1) Jimmie Johnson 2096pts
2. (-1) Brad Keselowski 2095pts (-1pts)
3. (+1) Denny Hamlin 2089pts (-7pts)
4. (-1) Tony Stewart 2086pts (-10pts)
5. (--) Kasey Kahne 2081pts (-15pts)
6. (--) Clint Bowyer 2081pts (-15pts)
7. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2070pts (-26pts)
8. (+2) Kevin Harvick 2065pts (-31pts)
9. (-1) Greg Biffle 2063pts (-33pts)
10. (-1) Martin Truex Jr. 2062pts (-34pts)
11. (--) Matt Kenseth 2061pts (-35pts)
12. (--) Jeff Gordon 2051pts (-45pts)
13. (--) Kyle Busch 831pts (-1265pts)
14. (--) Ryan Newman 807pts (-1289pts)
15. (--) Carl Edwards 797pts (-1299pts)
16. (--) Paul Menard 792pts (-1304pts)
17. (--) Marcos Ambrose 772pts (-1324pts)
18. (--) Joey Logano 751pts (-1345pts)
19. (--) Jeff Burton 696pts (-1400pts)
20. (--) Jamie McMurray 682pts (-1414pts)
21. (--) Juan Montoya 651pts (-1445pts)
22. (--) Aric Almirola 636pts (-1460pts)
23. (--) Regan Smith 604pts (-1492pts)
24. (--) Bobby Labonte 599pts (-1497pts)
25. (+1) Kurt Busch 530pts (-1566pts)
26. (-1) Mark Martin 522pts (-1574pts)
27. (+1) David Gilliland 479pts (-1617pts)
28. (-1) Casey Mears 479pts (-1617pts)
29. (--) David Ragan 475pts (-1621pts)
30. (--) Travis Kvapil 460pts (-1636pts)
31. (--) Landon Cassill 453pts (-1643pts)
32. (--) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-1696pts)
33. (--) Dave Blaney 349pts (-1747pts)
34. (--) David Reutimann 330pts (-1766pts)
35. (+1) Brian Vickers 213pts (-1883pts)
36. (-1) David Stremme 198pts (-1898pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 141pts (-1955pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 134pts (-1962pts)
39. (--) Josh Wise* 115pts (-1981pts)
40. (--) Ken Schrader 111pts (-1985pts)
41. (--) Stephen Leicht* 107pts (-1989pts)
42. (--) Scott Speed 85pts (-2011pts)
43. (--) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-2021pts)
44. (--) Tony Raines 71pts (-2025pts)
45. (--) Terry Labonte 66pts (-2030pts)
46. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-2046pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 50pts (-2046pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-2062pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-2082pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-2083pts)
51. (--) Mike Olsen 11pts (-2085pts)
52. (-1) Robby Gordon 11pts (-2085pts)
53. (-1) Mike Skinner 10pts (-2086pts)
54. (-1) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-2090pts)
55. (-1) Stacy Compton 5pts (-2091pts)
56. (-1) David Mayhew 4pts (-2092pts)
57. (-1) Kelly Bires 2pts (-2094pts)
58. (-1) Patrick Long 2pts (-2094pts)

* Denotes Rookie
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