It's almost time for Joe Gibbs to bench Denny Hamlin

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Slip sliding away: Two more crashes haven't helped Denny Hamlin's bad back or his Chase chances.

Slip sliding away: Two more crashes haven't helped Denny Hamlin's bad back or his Chase chances.

10. Martin Truex Jr. (unranked) -- I easily could have gone with Jeff Gordon (seventh at Indy) in this position. Truex finished 11th and Gordon is five points ahead of him in the standings. But Truex has been a bit stronger over the past six races (average finish of 13.2, to Gordon's 16.7), and he has a victory during that span while Gordon remains winless this season.