NASCAR: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not Heading Into Kansas

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HOT – Denny Hamlin

Hamlin is coming off of his first win of the 2014 season. Thanks to the win and the new chase format, Hamlin has most likely secured his spot in the chase. This is coming off of a disappointing 2013 season in which an injury sidelined him for a handful of races and he ultimately missed the chase. The win was also special because it came in his 300th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. With his spot in the chase looking good, Hamlin can now focus on running more consistently before the chase begins.