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Hamlin Streaks To Kansas Lottery 300 Win

Nationwide Series
Saturday, September 27, 2008

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Denny Hamlin celebrates
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Denny Hamlin held off NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Clint Bowyer to win Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, but Bowyer extended his margin in the standings over his two closest pursuers.

Hamlin led every lap of a 36-lap green-flag run to finish the race and crossed the finish line 1.407 seconds ahead of Bowyer. Hamlin claimed his fourth Nationwide victory of the season and the ninth of his career, as Toyota locked up the manufacturers' championship in its second year in the series.

David Ragan finished third, followed by Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski. With five races left on the schedule, Bowyer leads second-place Edwards by 196 points and third-place Keselowski by 268.

"We made adjustments on every pit stop," said Hamlin, who took the lead for the first time on Lap 94 and led a race-high 99 laps. "We didn't have the best car in qualifying, and we didn't have the best car early in the race, but we just kept making it better."

Hamlin had opened a lead over Kevin Harvick that exceeded two seconds when Harvick fell off the pace with an ignition problem on Lap 139. That handed the second position to Kenseth, who trailed Hamlin by more than four seconds when contact from Mike Bliss' Chevrolet sent Kyle Busch's Braun Racing Toyota into the Turn 4 wall.

"Left a lug nut loose (on the previous green-flag pit stop) and got run over by the 1 (Bliss) trying to get back to pit road," Busch said.

Harvick, who had led 88 of the first 93 laps, lost a lap in the pits during the cycle of green-flag stops while his crew changed batteries in the No. 33 Chevrolet. NASCAR called the caution for Busch's accident with Harvick still on pit road.

Edwards had an early problem with the front valance on his No. 60 Ford but fought back to finish fourth.

"The car just was not as fast all day as I thought it was going to be," Edwards said. "We got a good finish, but we didn't close any points on Clint. He did his job today and stretched out his lead."

Note: Nationwide career victory leader Mark Martin looked to be a contender for the win until he blew a left rear tire exiting Turn 2 on Lap 44 and slammed into the outside wall driver-side-first. Team owners Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had an anxious moment when they couldn't reach Martin on the radio. As it turned out, the impact had knocked the radio out of commission. Martin later was released from the infield care center with a clean bill of health. He finished 38th.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 19 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Z-Line Designs 195/10 200 Running
2 17 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 170/0 200 Running
3 9 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 165/0 200 Running
4 4 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts WinterGuard Fertilizer 160/0 200 Running
5 6 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Arby's 160/5 200 Running
6 28 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 150/0 200 Running
7 8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Ragu 146/0 200 Running
8 23 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 142/0 200 Running
9 13 20 Joey Logano Toyota Fable II / GameStop 138/0 200 Running
10 10 47 Kelly Bires Ford JTG Daugherty Racing 134/0 200 Running
11 16 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford Kingsford Tailgate at Home 135/5 200 Running
12 12 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 127/0 200 Running
13 1 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 129/5 200 Running
14 7 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 121/0 200 Running
15 26 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 118/0 200 Running
16 5 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 115/0 200 Running
17 3 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Penske Truck Rental 112/0 200 Running
18 20 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 114/5 198 Running
19 25 27 Jason Keller Ford VIVA / Hy-Vee 106/0 198 Running
20 14 111 Scott Lagasse Jr. Chevrolet America's Incredible Pizza Company 103/0 197 Running
21 11 40 Bryan Clauson * Dodge Fastenal 100/0 196 Running
22 34 170 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 97/0 196 Running
23 43 223 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 94/0 196 Running
24 31 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Racing With Jesus / Lagina Plumbing 91/0 196 Running
25 15 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford John Morrell 88/0 196 Running
26 41 01 Danny Efland Chevrolet SAFX.com / In Memory of Kenneth Campbell 85/0 195 Running
27 36 161 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 82/0 195 Running
28 27 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 79/0 194 Running
29 42 52 Scott Gaylord Chevrolet Dink's Auto Sales 76/0 193 Running
30 33 178 Jennifer Cobb Dodge Providence Medical Center / St. John Hospital 73/0 193 Running
31 37 22 Andrew Ranger Dodge Supercuts / Tide / Wal-Mart 75/5 192 Running
32 32 05 Burney Lamar Ford 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 67/0 192 Running
33 38 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty Odorblock 64/0 191 Running
34 22 30 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink 66/5 167 Running
35 18 32 Kyle Busch Toyota LifeLock 63/5 153 Accident
36 40 81 Bobby Hillin, Jr Dodge T4 Spa Concepts & Designs 55/0 90 Accident
37 39 4 Derrike Cope Chevrolet JVC 52/0 52 Ignition
38 2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 49/0 43 Accident
39 35 331 Kenny Hendrick Chevrolet INTERUSH.net 46/0 34 Brakes
40 30 149 Kertus Davis Chevrolet In Memory of Kenneth Campbell 43/0 20 Handling
41 21 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 40/0 15 Engine
42 24 91 Justin Hobgood Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 11 Transmission
43 29 173 Kevin Lepage Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 34/0 5 Transmission

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