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Hamlin finally wins in Richmond --12-driver field for the Chase is set

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Denny Hamlin won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 for his first win at his hometown race track, the Richmond International Raceway.

But it was a bittersweet victory celebration for Joe Gibbs Racing as teammate Kyle Busch didn't make the Chase for the championship.

Busch finished fifth.

That wasn't good enough as Brian Vickers finished seventh to claim the 12th and final spot the Chase.

Busch, despite four victories this season, fell eight points short of making the Chase.

It's the smallest margin since the format began in 2004. Matt Kenseth started the race holding down the final qualifying spot, but had an awful night and finished 25th to drop out of contention.

Here are the 12 drivers who are in the Chase for the championship that starts in two weeks in Loudon, N.H.: Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, three-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne (kayn), Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Greg Biffle, Hamlin and Vickers.

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