NASCAR Phoenix Results: Denny Hamlin Takes First Race Win Of 2012

At the racetrack that dashed his championship hopes in 2010, Denny Hamlin found redemption in Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

In his second race with 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship crew chief Darian Grubb on his pit box, Hamlin held off Kevin Harvick in a 53-lap green-flag run to finish the 312-lap race at the one-mile track. Hamlin took over the series points lead for the first time since surrendering it in the final race of 2010 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Harvick lost fuel pressure with fewer than two laps left but had enough to retain the second position, 7.315 seconds behind the race winner.

Greg Biffle came home third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon, pole-sitter Mark Martin and Joey Logano completed the top 10.

Hamlin surged into the lead after a restart on Lap 254, passing Harvick and pulling away. Ryan Newman's hard contact with the Turn 4 wall two laps later caused the seventh caution of the afternoon, but Hamlin again stretched his advantage over Harvick after a restart on Lap 260 and held on the rest of the way.

Here are the full results from today's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway:

  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. JJ 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
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