Hamlin wins in Texas; Bayne finishes 17th in Cup debut

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP/WVLT) -- Denny Hamlin won at Texas for the second time this season to take over the lead in the closest three-way Chase for the Sprint Cup yet with two races left.

Hamlin moved in front with 29 laps to go, then got a push from Matt Kenseth on the final restart with three laps to go Sunday. Kenseth pushed ahead momentarily before Hamlin got right back in front and went on to his series-best eighth victory of the season.

For Jimmie Johnson, it was more Texas trouble and a bump in his drive for an unprecedented fifth consecutive title. He carried a 14-point lead into Texas, but leaves in second place -- 33 behind Hamlin. Kevin Harvick is third, 59 points behind Hamlin.

Knoxville native Trevor Bayne made his Sprint Cup debut as Texas Motor Speedway. Driving the #21 car for the Wood Brothers, the 19-year old Bayne finished 17th.

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


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