By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
10:18 PM CDT, August 25, 2012
Denny Hamlin won for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway with a calculated late pass.
Hamlin flirted with Carl Edwards for the lead late in the race, and set up his move with 39 laps remaining Saturday night. Hamlin used a slide move to get past Edwards, then held on as Edwards tried to use a cross-over move to get back in front.
It didn't work for Edwards, and Hamlin drove away for his third victory of the season.
Jimmie Johnson finished second and clinched a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr. also locked down spots in the 12-driver field.
Hamlin is the defending race winner at Kansas Speedway. Kansas native Clint Bowyer finished seventh. He is now up on place to sixth in the points standings and can clinch a spot in the Chase for the Champinship next week at Atlanta.
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