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Head2Head: Is top Chase seed Denny Hamlin the title favorite?

September 10, 2012, , NASCAR.com

And then there were 12. The season's first 26 races, as memorable as they were, now mean nothing more than a few extra points. The best dozen in the deck are lined up, ready to go and grind for that one reason they're on the track every weekend -- a Sprint Cup Series championship. Now all fans and pundits can do is handicap the field, and there's no easier place to start than at the top. Denny Hamlin, he of four Cup "regular season" wins sits perched on high above the standings. But is top Chase seed Denny Hamlin the title favorite? Joe Menzer and Nick Margiasso are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Read their arguments and weigh in with your own in the comments below.