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Posted: Sunday September 23, 2012 9:00PM ; Updated: Sunday September 23, 2012 9:00PM

Gibbs gets 100th Sprint Cup win thanks to Hamlin

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Joe Gibbs is the sixth team owner to reach the 100-win milestone in the Sprint Cup series.
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LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Joe Gibbs didn't hear Denny Hamlin predict a victory in the NASCAR race in New Hampshire. And it's a good thing, too.

When the former Washington Redskins coach was in the NFL, he didn't like it when his players were overconfident - especially in public. Gibbs told a story Sunday about loquacious defensive lineman Dexter Manley, who would sometimes give media interviews outside the window of Gibbs' office.

"You knew Dexter was going to say something like, `We are going to kill `em' or something,'' Gibbs said Sunday after earning his 100th victory in the Sprint Cup series. "And I would be going like this: `Don't you dare.' I'm glad I didn't hear about that until later on, because normally that one for me doesn't work out.''

Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls and 154 games with the Redskins, is the sixth team owner to reach the 100-win milestone in NASCAR's top series. The occasion was important enough that Hamlin attended the post-race news conference wearing a special hat to commemorate it, instead of the usual sponsor's attire.

Gibbs's success in two sports is rare, especially in ones that are so different. An NFL coach controls almost everything, even what a 250-pound lineman like Manley says to reporters.

"The difference over here, the drivers tell me what to do. As an owner, I'm along for the ride,'' Gibbs said. "Dexter could threaten me a little easier than what Denny can.''

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