Hamlin surges to victory at Martinsville

By: AP
By: AP
Denny Hamlin has won the rain-delayed NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway, surging to the front in a wild finish after a blunder.

Denny Hamlin celebrates winning the Goody's 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Monday, March 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Denny Hamlin has won the rain-delayed
NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway, surging to the front in a
wild finish after a blunder.

This was Hamlin's second straight victory and it came on the
shortest, oldest track in the Sprint Cup Series.

Hamlin gave up the lead with less than 10 laps left Monday when
he headed to pit road for tires. He then rallied from ninth place
to the lead in a span of just four laps.

The finish was a two-lap sprint in which he started fourth. He
pushed Ryan Newman out of this way, then slipped inside Matt
Kenseth and leader Jeff Gordon for the victory.

The race originally was scheduled for Sunday but was postponed a
day because of rain.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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