Monday, September 21, 2015

Denny Hamlin kicks off Chase with Chicago win

Denny Hamlin paid out at 15/1 odds. 
Joliet, Ill. — If the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup is any indication of what's to come in the next nine, tighten your seat belts.

In no particular order Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway:

■ The driver with the worst starting position among the 16 NASCAR championship contenders spun on the second lap, spent most of the day a lap down and won on worn tires.

■ Of his teammates, the one who sped on pit road and ran out of gas finished second, the one who ran the best finished the worst and the one who could barely hang onto his car surged to fifth.

■ And the defending series champion finished second-last and then went looking for a fight.

Other than that, the 400 went pretty much like any other sunny fall afternoon.

"We obviously came back from adversity and did a lot of great things throughout the day, with the exception of Lap 2," said Denny Hamlin, who with a victory guaranteed he'd move on to the second segment of the championship shootout.

"A top-10 finish would be a good comeback for this kind of day. Honestly, I was very surprised to see us win it."

He was hardly alone. But Hamlin jumped from third to first on a restart with five laps to go and pulled away to beat teammate Carl Edwards by 0.962 of a second.

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