|Denny Hamlin dominates New Hampshire for fifth win of season (Getty)|
Denny Hamlin predicted he would win Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and he wasted no time proving he is up to the challenge.
Hamlin cruised home to victory at Loudon in the second race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Starting 32nd on Sunday after a mistake in qualifying, Hamlin immediately began charging through the field. He cracked the top 20 on Lap 13 and was in the top 15 by Lap 30.
Hamlin and his crew said before the race they wanted to be in the top 10 by Lap 100. They were — and then some.
Hamlin cracked the top 10 shortly after a restart on Lap 46 and zoomed into fifth on Lap 57. He passed teammate Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 94.
After finishing 16th last week at Chicago, in the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Hamlin tweeted: "This is week 1 of 10. We will win next week."
Jeff Gordon started on the pole and led until Tony Stewart passed him on Lap 4. Gordon regained the lead on pit road during a competition caution on Lap 44, but Busch passed him for the lead on the restart on Lap 46.
|Hamlin called his shot before the race like Babe Ruth allegedly did in the World Series at Wrigley Field (Getty)|