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Hamlin takes checkered at Sprint race at Texas; Kenseth takes 20th, still second in points

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Denny Hamlin went ahead in the closing 12-lap shootout for a victory at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday, holding off Jimmie Johnson at the end to win another rain-delayed race.

Hamlin won for the second time in three races, both victories coming in races that were postponed by rain before being run on the first day of the week.

Hamlin never led until that final run, set up after a spectacular nine-car crash involving Jeff Gordon, who had led 124 laps, and polesitter Tony Stewart.

It was the 10th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory for Hamlin, who won a Monday race at Martinsville three weeks ago, then had surgery two days after for a torn ACL in his left knee. He ran every lap at Phoenix last week, then won at Texas.

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