FedEx Racing Team Finishes 38th after Late Race IncidentMarch 2, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished 38th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway won by Jimmie Johnson. During a restart with just 70 laps to go, Hamlin’s #11 FedEx Ground Toyota was heavily damaged in an accident, which he took full responsibility for.
“I was right on Carl Edwards back bumper entering turn one and he checked up and if I didn’t move to the right, I was going to spin him out.” said Hamlin after the incident. “I was going to run right in the back of him and when I moved to the right of him it put me right on the door of Kevin Harvick and the turbulence just sucked my car around and that was it. I apologize to all those cars involved.”
After starting the day fourth, Hamlin ran in the top-five for the first 60 laps before a loose condition began affecting his ability to stay on pace with the leaders. Adjustments made by the FedEx crew during the next two pit stops, allowed Hamlin to get more comfortable with the handling and by lap 115, he had raced his way up to second. A quick pit stop under caution by the #11 pit crew gave Hamlin his first lead of the day, which he would hold for the next 14 laps, before changing track conditions began affecting the handle.
As the laps clicked off, Denny fought hard to stay in the top-ten and was running seventh when he lost control on the restart, causing the accident that would send him to the garage for repairs and the 38th place result.
The finish dropped Hamlin from fourth to 15th in points following Atlanta, after two of the 26 regular season events.
The Series returns to action on Sunday, March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.