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Hamlin Stumbles in Loudon, Falls Farther Out of Chase Picture

Loudon, NH (WWBT)- Denny Hamlin was able to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup by securing the final wild card spot, but through two races he's not exactly racing to championship form.

Hamlin finished 29th in Sunday's Sylvania 300, falling 66 points out of the top spot and 32 points out of eleventh place.  The 11 FedEx Express looked primed for a top ten finish with three laps to go, but ran out of fuel and stumbled to the 29th place finish.  This came off a 31st place finish in Chicago this past Monday, though Hamlin does has eight races remaining to earn a respectable finish.

For the second straight race, it was Tony Stewart claiming the checkered flag.  Stewart smoked past Clint Bowyer after the number 33 ran out of fuel heading into the 299th lap and built a seven second cushion on the rest of the field, earning the victory.  Stewart moves into the standings lead, taking a seven point advantage of his nearest competitor, Kevin Harvick.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup continues next Sunday at the Monster Mile in Dover.

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