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By now we are all familiar with the recent history of Denny Hamlin. He went into last season's final race with the point lead, looking to dethrone the four-time defending Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson.
After an early spin through the infield, Hamlin never recovered and ended up losing out on the championship. How he bounces back this season will be interesting to see.
Thus far, Daytona hasn't been kind to Hamlin. He missed out on winning the Bud Shootout when he was penalized for passing below the yellow line. Then he was spun out during the Duals. For his career, the Daytona 500 has been a pretty good race for Hamlin.
In five starts, he has three top 10 finishes, and only once was he outside the top 20. He could do a lot to his confidence if he can continue his good fortune in this event. If he is going to make another effort to overthrow Johnson, he would be wise to start the season off on a strong note.