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Hamlin re-ups with Gibbs

Associated Press
The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:24 PM

Denny Hamlin will not test NASCAR's free-agent market after agreeing to a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Hamlin announced the extension on Twitter before Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway. Terms of his extension were not released, but he locked up a new deal almost 15 months before his contract with JGR was set to expire.

The Brandon-born Hamlin said earlier in the week he saw no reason to look around at other race teams, in part because of his stability at JGR and with sponsor FedEx. The economy has changed dramatically since Hamlin's 2005 tryout with JGR, but FedEx hasn't reduced its commitment to the team or the driver.

NATIONWIDE: Austin Dillon lived up to the legend of the No. 3 car, then had his dominating victory called into question late Friday.

No one had regularly driven the No. 3 car since Dale Earnhardt's death on the track at the 2001 Daytona 500. On a warm night at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon routed the field, only to have the car fail its postrace inspection.

Roughly an hour after the trip to Victory Lane, the No. 3 failed the inspection for being too low in the rear. NASCAR announced it would issue a ruling early this week.

"We've had an issue before. We addressed it in a meeting," said Danny Stockman, Dillon's crew chief. "It should have been addressed. That's the only comment I've got."

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