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Oh my Darlington
By Mark Garrow
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Darlington looks like a good place for Denny Hamlin to get back into the car full-time.
The Sprint Cup Series is making its annual pilgrimage to Darlington Raceway. For the final date of Segment 1 in Stock Car Challenge, the drivers will be courting the Lady in Black.
Now that he'll be able to start and run all out, I'm picturing Denny Hamlin (22.1) with a suit and tie knocking on her door with flowers, candy and a big smile, trying hard to make the right impression. After all, he's had some pretty good nights on the town with her lately, proving she wasn't too tough to tame. So, like his fellow competitors, we figure the "Lady" will welcome Hamlin back with open arms.
Sure, it's going out on a limb to think the 32-year-old driver is going to come back in a blaze of glory, but consider these facts. One, he has a win, two runner-ups and an average finish of 5.9 at Darlington, so what better place to jump back on the bike. Two, to say he's pumped up and ready to go is a major understatement. With the amount of adrenaline pumping through his body, he won't be feeling any pain in his back. Three, Hamlin wants the boy in the 22 car, to eat his dust so bad he can taste it. ... MORE
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