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ExPRESS DELIVERY MAN

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Fidgeting in his director's chair in the NASCAR garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gibbs, a deeply religious man, throws his hands in the air palm-side up and looks heavenward when a reporter asks him about Denny Hamlin's newest venture, a chic Charlotte night spot known as Butter. After spending the first part of his career taming and focusing mammoth egos and talents like Dexter Manley and Joe Theisman when he was coach of the NFL Washington Redskins, Gibbs jumped out of the fire and into the frying pan when he started racing in what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1992. Since coming to the NASCAR world, he's dealt with plenty of high-strung personalities behind the wheel, ranging from Dale Jarrett in the early days, through Tony Stewart to Kyle Busch today.

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									036_RA0410   2/24/10       1:50 PM




       Denny Hamlin’s four wins in
       2009 caused many experts
       to cite him as the man most
       likely to threaten Hendrick
       domination this year.
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                                     HAMLIN: A HENDRICK-BEATER?



                                 Off track, Denny Hamlin
                                 and team boss Joe Gibbs
                                 don’t have a whole lot in
                                 common. But as long as
                                 the JGR team leader is a
                                 contender, who cares?
                                 By Tom Jensen
                                 Main Image Michael L. Levitt/LAT


                                       oe Gibbs is uncomfortable. Fidgeting

                                 J     in his director’s chair in the NASCAR
                                       garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway,
                                 Gibbs, a deeply religious man, throws his
                                 hands in the air palm-side up and looks
                                 heavenward when a reporter asks him about
                                 Denny Hamlin’s newest venture, a chic
                                 Charlotte night spot known as “Butter.”
                                     “I wish you hadn’t brought that up,”
                                 says Gibbs, founder and owner of Joe Gibbs
                                 Racing and a man so devout that he refused
                                 to consider having Budweiser as a sponsor
                                 for one his three NASCAR Sprint Cup teams.
                                     Gibbs will turn 70 in November, the
                                 same month Hamlin, his next-door
                                 neighbor in the tony Charlotte suburb of
                                 Lake Norman, will turn 30. He is openly
                                 nervous about Hamlin’s penchant for being,
                                 well, 40 years younger than Gibbs. Fast cars,
                                 night clubs and adventure are the lifeblood
                                 of a young man like Hamlin. And they
                                 make Gibbs’ hair even thinner and grayer.
                                 So does the torn anterior cruciate ligament
                                 that Hamlin suffered in a pickup basketball
                                 game prior to the start of the season.
                                     After spending the first part of his career
                                 taming and focusing mammoth egos and
                                 talents like Dexter Manley and Joe
                                 Theisman when he was coach of the NFL
                                 Washington Redskins, Gibbs jumped out
                                 of the fire and into the frying pan when he
                                 started racing in what is now known as
                                 the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1992.
                                     Since coming to the NASCAR world,
                                 he’s dealt with plenty of high-strung
                                 personalities behind the wheel, ranging
                                 from Dale Jarrett in the early days,
                                 through Tony Stewart to Kyle Busch today.
                                     The scary thing? From both a



                                   “Denny stepped
                                   up and really ran
                                   consistently.
                                   I think he was
                                     really focused
                                     last year”
                                                                    Joe Gibbs


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       The 2010 season started with Hamlin




                                                          
								
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