Denny Hamlin battles back to win at Chicagoland

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 20, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 20: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 20, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

Restarts were the key , and the story of the race, Sunday and no one restarted better than Denny Hamlin. Hamlin took the lead for the final time on a restart with five laps to go after he was one of the few drivers to stay out on old tires and held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup MyAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

“It was 50-50 – I was going to get in there and hope that everything worked out,” Hamlin said of his chances on the final restart. “

Hamlin started deeper in the field than any of the other 16 Chase drivers and overcame a spin on lap two to win his 25th career win, his second of the season and his first at Chicagoland.  The win secures Hamlin a spot in the next round of the Chase and came after a wild day that saw at least one Chase favorite suffer misfortune that leaves him deep in a hole. MORE>>>

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