Hamlin and Grubb find early success at Phoenix

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Denny Hamlin and new crew chief Darian Grubb have started their 2012 season off on the right note, after an exciting win at Phoenix International Raceway. Fuel mileage came into play, costing several drivers in the closing laps, including the second-place car of Kevin Harvick.

"We just kept working on it," Hamlin said after the race. "Every time we worked on it, it got better."

After leading 61 laps today and being the dominant car in the Daytona 500, Hamlin sits atop the leader board early in the season. With the changes in the offseason - Grubb, a new engine partnership with TRD and a renewed vigor, Hamlin is looking to this season to get back into championship form.

Hamlin's win at Phoenix was his 18th career Sprint Cup win and breaks a 22-race winless streak. Hamlin is the seventh consecutive different winner at PIR.

The Skirts and Scuffs team will be providing you will team recaps starting tomorrow afternoon. Look forward to recaps including the Gibbs Garage, Deuces Wild (a Penske recap), In the Hunt (RCR) and the MWR Weekly Wrap-Up to name a new.

Race results:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Mark Martin
  10. Joey Logano
  11. Juan Pablo Montoya
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Matt Kenseth
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  15. Kurt Busch
  16. Bobby Labonte
  17. Carl Edwards
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Travis Kvapil
  20. Regan Smith
  21. Ryan Newman
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Dave Blaney
  24. Mike Bliss
  25. David Ragan
  26. J.J. Yeley
  27. Brendan Gaughan
  28. David Gilliland
  29. David Stremme
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. Paul Menard
  32. Marcos Ambrose
  33. Jeff Burton
  34. Kasey Kahne
  35. Landon Cassill
  36. David Reutimann
  37. Jamie McMurray
  38. Josh Wise
  39. Casey Mears
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Robby Gordon
  42. Scott Riggs
  43. Michael McDowell
Hamlin and Grubb find early success at Phoenix Hamlin and Grubb find early success at Phoenix Reviewed by Unknown on Sunday, March 04, 2012 Rating: 5