Lap by Lap: STP 400 won by Denny Hamlin

by Ashley McCubbin On Sun, Apr. 22, 2012


[media-credit name=”Jamie Squire/Getty Images” align=”alignright” width=”231″][/media-credit]Denny Hamlin made the pass on Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 31 to go and never looked back.


Joey Logano drops to the rear despite qualifying second due to an engine change

Green flag as A.J Allmendinger pulls out to the early lead as Kevin Harvick spins the tires on the start.

Lap 7 Allmendinger leads Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 20 Allmendinger leads Harvick, Truex Jr., Hamlin, Bowyer, Kahne, Keselowski, Earnhardt Jr., Martin, Jimmie Johnson

Lap 23 Johnson passes Martin for ninth

Lap 36 Allmendinger leads Harvick, Truex, Hamlin, Bowyer, Kahne, Keselowski, Earnhardt Jr., Johnson and Martin

Lap 37 Harvick and Truex battle side-by-side for second and Truex is able to complete the pass.

Lap 45 Truex was about to pass Allmendinger for the lead as he heads down pit road. Earnhardt Jr. misses pit road. Joey Logano pits.

Lap 46 Allmendinger, Harvick, Biffle, Johnson, Matt Kenseth pit as Allmendinger is out of gas. That handed the lead to Hamlin, who also pits.

Lap 47 Carl Edwards leads a lap and then pits. He is joined on pit road by Regan Smith as Truex goes to the lead.

Lap 48 Bowyer is having an engine problem

Caution Lap 53 as Clint Bowyer spins; he takes the car to the garage. Some drivers choose to pit while the leaders stay out. David Reuitmann gets the lucky dog to make it 27 cars on the lead lap.

Restart Lap 57

Lap 60 Truex leads Harvick, Hamlin, Kahne, Keselowski, Johnson, Allmendinger, Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Kenseth

Lap 77 Allmendinger is now having motor problems as he drops out of the top 20

Lap 89 Harvick heads down pit road as he is out of fuel

Lap 92 A bunch of drivers hit pit road as Kahne is out of gas.

Lap 93 Truex pits, handing the lead to Johnson

Lap 94 Kahne makes it to pit road while Edwards, Gordon, Newman also pit; Johnson pits from the lead, handing it over to Kenseth.

Lap 95 Stewart, Kenseth and Greg Biffle hit pit road, handing the lead over to Juan Pablo Montoya. Almirola misses his pit stall

Lap 97 Montoya pits, handing the lead back over to Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 107 Truex leads Hamlin, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Johnson, Keselowski, Biffle, Kurt Busch, Martin and Harvick

Lap 116 Truex leads Hamlin, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Johnson, Biffle, Keselowski, Busch, Harvick and Martin

Lap 118 Kenseth passes Hamlin for second

Lap 121 Johnson passes Earnhardt Jr. for fourth

Lap 123 Busch passes Keselowski for seventh

Lap 131 Truex leads Kenseth, Hamlin, Johnson, Earnhardt Jr., Biffle, Busch, Harvick, Martin, Keselowski as Jamie McMurray pits.

Caution Lap 132 for debris

Lap 133 Leaders come down pit road…..Truex leads Kenseth, Hamlin and Johnson off pit road.

Lap 134 Bobby Labonte has motor problems

Restart Lap 142

Lap 145 Truex leads Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Kenseth, Johnson, Biffle, Martin, Harvick and Kyle Busch

Lap 150 Kyle Busch passes Harvick for ninth

Lap 151 Truex leads Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kenseth, Biffle, Martin, Kyle Busch and Harvick

Lap 153 Johnson passes Earnhardt Jr. for third

107 to go Truex leads Johnson, Hamlin and Earnhardt Jr.

104 to go Truex leads Johnson, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth, Biffle, Kurt Busch, Martin, Kyle Busch, Harvick

93 to go Leaders begin making pit stops.

89 to go Truex and Johnson make their pit stops from first and second.

88 to go Kenseth leads a lap and then pits handing the lead to Keselowski

87 to go Keselowski misses pit road.

86 to go Keselowski pits, handing the lead back to Truex

Caution 80 to go for Montoya getting into the wall as some of the leaders pit while others stay out including Truex

Restart 75 to go as Truex gets a good restart on the field

73 to go Truex leads Hamlin, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Biffle, Kurt Busch, Harvick, Johnson, Kyle Busch and Keselowski

71 to go Newman pits as he has a possible flat tire

70 to go Johnson passes Kurt Busch and Harvick as Martin passes Kyle Busch for ninth

67 to go Martin passes Harvick for eighth

66 to go Truex leads Hamlin, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Biffle, Johnson, Kurt Busch, Martin, Harvick, Kyle Busch

65 to go Johnson passes Biffle for fifth

64 to go Johnson passes Earnhardt Jr. for fourth

61 to go Gordon passes Kyle Busch for 10th

60 to go Martin passes Kurt Busch for seventh

58 to go Kyle Busch and Harvick battle side-by-side for 10th

57 to go Harvick completes the pass as Biffle passes Earnhardt Jr. for fifth

56 to go Truex lead Hamlin, Johnson, Kenseth, Biffle, Earnhardt Jr., Martin, Kurt Busch, Gordon, Harvick

53 to go Stewart got into the wall

46 to go Kahne, Keselowski, Earnhardt Jr., Johnson, Hamlin pit

45 to go Kyle Busch, Menard, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Gordon, Mears, Burton and Truex pit, handing the lead to Stewart

43 to go Stewart, Almirola, Smith pits, handing the lead to Montoya

42 to go Montoya pits, handing the lead back to Sam Hornish Jr.

35 to go Hornish Jr. pits to hand the lead to Truex.

33 to go Truex leads Hamlin, Johnson, Kenseth, Biffle, Earnhardt Jr., Martin, Harvick, Gordon and Kyle Busch

31 to go Hamlin passes Truex for the lead

30 to go Martin passes Earnhardt Jr. while Kasey Kahne passes Kyle Busch for 10th while Gordon is off the pace with a motor issue

29 to go Both Kahne and Kyle Busch pass Gordon for position. Kurt Busch is also down a cylinder.

27 to go Hamlin leads Truex, Johnson, Kenseth, Biffle, Martin, Earnhardt Jr., Harvick, Kahne, Kyle Busch

17 to go Harvick passes Earnhardt Jr. for position

14 to go Harvick and Earnhardt Jr. pass Martin; Martin is off the pace

11 to go Kahne, Kyle Busch and Edwards all pass Martin

Hamlin wins, over Truex, Johnson, Kenseth, Biffle, Harvick, Earnhardt Jr., Kahne, Edwards, Kyle Busch

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Ashley McCubbin got into NASCAR at the age of 5 and then started writing articles at the age of 10. She is in her fourth year at Guelph-Humber University in the Media Studies program. Besides writing articles, she runs her own photography/website design business. You can check that out at, follow on twitter @SS_Informative or like the facebook page,

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