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Even without wins, Hendrick in lead

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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) One thing's crystal clear as NASCAR's Sprint Cup series heads into its annual Easter break - Hendrick Motorsports looks as strong as ever.

Don't pay attention to the lack of wins with just Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s season-opening Daytona 500 victory in the ledger. Instead, see three of the Hendrick superstars are in the top five in points with Jeff Gordon leading way, Earnhardt in fourth and six-time series champ Jimmie Johnson fifth.

All four team drivers including Kasey Kahne took a turn leading the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this Saturday night. Earnhardt and Johnson each led during two green-white-checkered runs at the "Lady in Black" before Kevin Harvick's swept past Dale Jr. on the next-to-last lap to take the race.

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