Clean slate for Hamlin

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Monday, Sep 29 1483

For Denny Hamlin, Kansas is just like starting over.

Hamlin overcame last week's disaster at New Hampshire--a fueling problem and a wreck--and raced his way into the next round of the Chase by a four-point margin over AJ Allmendinger.

But now that the Chase field is pared to 12 drivers and reset to equal points, Hamlin can afford to be more aggressive.

"I feel great," said Hamlin, who finished 12th in the AAA 400. "You never know what can happen. I knew we had a car that was capable of racing our way in, but I didn't think it was going to be that close. We just started fading there at the end. A little bit on the defensive on my part, but still we lost the handle. Just happy this all resets and all starts from scratch again and we've got another life." From Hamlin's perspective, that life is about to become more enjoyable, at race tracks that are in his wheelhouse.

"The tracks just keep getting better for us as this Chase goes on, so we're sitting in good shape," Hamlin said. "We're as level as anyone right now. This is going to be a great comeback story if we can keep going."