Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hamlin wins 1st of season

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Denny Hamlin won for the first time this season as he edged Matt Kenseth in Sunday's Heluva Good! 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Busch, Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, was third. Paul Menard was fourth and points-leader Carl Edwards was fifth. Edwards now has a 20-point lead over Kevin Harvick.

Hamlin, who finished second in the Chase for the Sprint Cup last season, hadn't won since Texas in November 2010, 16 races ago. -- David Scott