Sylvania 300 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2012

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 23, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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When the 2012 Sylvania 300 resulted in Denny Hamlin crossing the finish line first, no one in attendance was shocked.

The NASCAR audience became quite accustomed to seeing Hamlin ahead of the pack prior to the waving of the checkered flag. The 31-year-old driver led a whopping 193 laps of Sunday’s race. And throw in the fact that he boasted four wins prior to the victory as well, and his edging out of Sprint Cup Standings leaders Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson wasn’t a surprise at all.

With the triumph, Hamlin moved into third place in those standings and is now in striking distance of the top spot. He leapfrogged Tony Stewart, who finished seventh on the afternoon.

Stewart is surely disgusted with the race’s outcome because he led 38 laps and earned just 38 points with his finish. Kyle Busch is far more disgusted after leading 48 laps and finishing 28th.

The man who started with the pole position, Jeff Gordon, didn’t hold it for long. He led only seven laps of the race. Sitting at No. 12 in the standings, Gordon was desperate for the point boost a W would bring, but he failed to cash in.

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While Stewart, Gordon and Busch’s finishes won’t satisfy them, their disappointing conclusions aren’t influential compared to Keselowski’s. His sixth-place finished cost him the top spot in the Sprint Cup Standings as Johnson, yet again, regained the No. 1 position.

Johnson finished second on the evening and is back in the driver’s seat to win a sixth world title.

Here are the leaderboards for the Sylvania 300 and current Sprint Cup Standings.

Sylvania 300 Results

Check out the full results here.

Pos. Driver Car Manufacturer
1 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota
2 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet
3 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet
4 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota
5 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet
6 Brad Keselowski 2 Dodge
7 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet
8 Joey Logano 20 Toyota
9 Brian Vickers 55 Toyota
10 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet
11 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet
12 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet
13 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet
14 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford
15 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet
16 Regan Smith 78 Chevrolet
17 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota
18 Greg Biffle 16 Ford
19 Carl Edwards 99 Ford
20 Bobby Labonte 47  Toyota 

Chase for the Cup Standings

Rank Driver Trailing
1 Jimmie Johnson ---
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Denny Hamlin
4 Tony Stewart -10
5 Kasey Kahne -15
6 Clint Bowyer -15
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -26
8 Kevin Harvick
9 Greg Biffle -33
10 Martin Truex Jr.
11 Matt Kenseth -35
12 Jeff Gordon -45

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.