Dover preview: Denny Hamlin is 2013 NASCAR Chase x-factor

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Out of the Chase, Denny Hamlin is free to gather valuable intelligence for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Out of the Chase, Denny Hamlin is free to gather valuable intelligence for Joe Gibbs Racing.

So Edwards must keep the leaders in his sights as soon from the moment the green flag falls, which he should be able to do. In 18 career starts at Dover, his average finish is an impressive 8.6, which makes the Monster Mile, statistically, his third best track on the schedule, behind Fontana (8.4) and Homestead (6.0). Anything less than a top-five for Edwards on Sunday would be considered a major disappointment for the number 99 team.