HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Denny Hamlin's victory in NASCAR's season finale salvaged something from an otherwise forgettable season.
Hamlin held off Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, picking up his first win of the season and notching at least one victory for the eighth consecutive year.
Hamlin says "as bad as the year is, we can take a little solace in this finish."
Little went right in 2013. Hamlin broke a vertebra in his lower back in a last-lap crash at California in March, sat out four races and then dealt with pain and discomfort for months. He started to "turn the corner" around the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in early September, but figured the streak would end along with the season.