LOUDON, N.H. -- Denny Hamlin stepped out of his car, pointed into the air, and took a mighty swing of an invisible baseball bat. Like Babe Ruth did before him (or so the legend goes), Hamlin had called his shot. The top winner in NASCAR's regular season earned his series - leading fifth victory of the year Sunday, backing up a tweet of "We will win" with a mistake - free and dominating run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the second event of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With the win, Hamlin moved to within seven points of leader Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings. Johnson finished second and Jeff Gordon third. Johnson leads Brad Keselowski by one point.
It was the 100th career victory for team owner Joe Gibbs, who also won three Super Bowls as the coach of the Washington Redskins. And it came with a little teamwork, too, when Kyle Busch slowed down to help suck some debris off the front of Hamlin's car and propel him to victory.
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