Denny Hamlin: 5 Reasons Why He Can Win His 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Title in 2012

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Denny Hamlin: 5 Reasons Why He Can Win His 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Title in 2012
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After taking home four trophies in 2012, the biggest trophy of all -- the Sprint Cup -- awaits Hamlin.

Everything seems to be going great for Denny Hamlin this season.

He's the series leader in wins with four, he's showing a newfound confidence not previously seen and—perhaps most importantly—he enters this season's Chase for the Sprint Cup as the No. 1 seed.

Everyone remembers—something Hamlin would just as soon forget—his spectacular meltdown in the waning races of the 2010 season, when he saw the championship slip through his hands.

But with a new attitude and new crew chief in Darian Grubb, Hamlin has proven he's back and perhaps better than he's ever been in 2012.

Now the question is whether he'll be able to continue that and carry it through the upcoming 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins this Sunday in Chicago.

Here's how we see Hamlin's chances—what he needs to do and not to do—and why we consider him potentially reigning as Cup champion 10 weeks from now.

We'd also like to hear your thoughts. Is this Hamlin's year in your mind or not?

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