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After opening the Chase as the points leader, Hamlin’s 16th-place finish dropped him to fifth in the standings. Only 15 points behind Chicago winner and new points leader Brad Keselowski, Hamlin is confident about his chances.

“This is 1 week of 10. We will win next week,” Hamlin tweeted.

Maybe he will. Hamlin might have won at New Hampshire in July if not for late race miscommunication with crew chief Darian Grubb, who changed four tires when Hamlin only wanted two changed. The longer pit stop dropped Hamlin deep in the field, and despite a frantic final push, he finished second to winner Kasey Kahne.

He had a good attitude after the race _ “I’ve been through this long enough now (that) you’re going to have plenty more chances in the future, especially the way we’re running,” he said _ and gets a chance to prove it Sunday.