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Denny Hamlin celebrates in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. (March 4, 2012)

NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway

Denny Hamlin pulled away when NASCAR's best closer ran out of gas and then had to sweat out his own fuel mileage before completing a confidence-boosting win at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin climbs from his car in victory
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Denny Hamlin climbs from his car in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. (March 4, 2012)

Denny Hamlin celebrates in victory lane after he
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Denny Hamlin celebrates in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. (March 4, 2012)

Denny Hamlin stands next to the trophy after
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Denny Hamlin stands next to the trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

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Denny Hamlin spins his car after taking the
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Denny Hamlin spins his car after taking the checkered flag as winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

Fans cheer on Denny Hamlin as he does
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Fans cheer on Denny Hamlin as he does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office
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Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

Denny Hamlin climbs from his car in Victory
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Denny Hamlin climbs from his car in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. (March 4, 2012)

Drivers round Turn 1 during the NASCAR Sprint
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Drivers round Turn 1 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (March 4, 2012)

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Denny Hamlin rounds Turn 1 one during the
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Denny Hamlin rounds Turn 1 one during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/
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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet, is pushed down pit road during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

Denny Hamlin crosses the finishline to win the
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Denny Hamlin crosses the finishline to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

Denny Hamlin does a burnout after winning the
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Denny Hamlin does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. (March 4, 2012)

Mark Martin, driver of the #55 Aaron's Toyota,
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Mark Martin, driver of the #55 Aaron's Toyota, drives ahead of J.J. Yeley, driver of the #49 America Israel Racing Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

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Denny Hamlin (11) leads Brad Keselowski (2) into
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Denny Hamlin (11) leads Brad Keselowski (2) into Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway. (March 4, 2012)

Denny Hamlin, front center, and his team stand
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Denny Hamlin, front center, and his team stand in victory lane near the trophy after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. (March 4, 2012)

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