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Hamlin takes the latest Nextel race

June 11, 2006 at 10:28 PM   |   Comments

LONG POND, Pa., June 11 (UPI) -- Denny Hamlin overcame an untimely flat tire to win the Pocono 500 Nextel Cup race in Long Pond, Pa.

Hamlin -- a rookie who was the pole-sitter -- captured a checkered flag for the first time in his career.

He led 49 of the first 50 laps before the flat tire dropped him to 40th during pit crew repairs.

"We're trying to get into the (Nextel Cup) Chase and this is a great way to do it," Hamlin said.

During a late surge, Hamlin held off all challengers, including teammate Tony Stewart, on the final five laps.

Jeff Gordon wrecked his car after a brake failure and did not finish. He was knocked out of the top 10 in the point standings.

"That was one of the hardest hits I've ever taken," Gordon said.

Kurt Busch was second, followed by Stewart in third, Brian Vickers fourth and Matt Kenseth in fifth place.

In the points chase, Jimmy Johnson has 2,145 to 2,097 for Kenseth.

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