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Hamlin wins at home but Busch falls short of Chase

By: AP
By: AP

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Denny Hamlin has finally won at Richmond
International Speedway, but it was a bittersweet victory
celebration for Joe Gibbs Racing as teammate Kyle Busch didn't make
the Chase for the championship.

Hamlin won at his home track for the first time, while Busch
finished fifth. But it wasn't 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.


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