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NASCAR Phoenix Results: Denny Hamlin Takes Checkered Flag, Jeff Gordon Finishes 8th

The Subway Fresh Fit 500 took place on Sunday at the Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. The second race of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series saw far fewer crashes than the Daytona 500 a week earlier, including remarkably fewer instances of a jet drier bursting into flame.

Bay Area drivers Jeff Gordon and A.J. Allmendinger both took part in the race. Allmendinger had much better placement in the starting grid, but did not end up having as good a race as Gordon. Although Allmendinger entered the race in the No. 16 slot in the starting grid, he finished the race in 18th place. Gordon started in the No. 30 slot but finished eighth.

The race was ultimately won by Denny Hamlin, who held off Kevin Harvick to take the checkered flag. Hamlin came in fourth in the Daytona 500 and is now in first place in the Sprint Cup standings with 89 points. Gordon is in 22nd place overall with 42 points, while Allmendinger is in 25th place with 36 points.

You can check out the full results of the race below.

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  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Mark Martin
  10. Joey Logano
  11. Juan Pablo Montoya
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Matt Kenseth
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  15. Kurt Busch
  16. Bobby Labonte
  17. Carl Edwards
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Travis Kvapil
  20. Regan Smith
  21. Ryan Newman
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Dave Blaney
  24. Mike Bliss
  25. David Ragan
  26. JJ Yeley
  27. Brendan Gaughan
  28. David Gilliland
  29. David Stremme
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. Paul Menard
  32. Marcos Ambrose
  33. Jeff Burton
  34. Kasey Kahne
  35. Landon Cassill
  36. David Reutimann
  37. Jamie McMurray
  38. Josh Wise
  39. Casey Mears
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Robby Gordon
  42. Scott Riggs
  43. Michael McDowell

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