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Hamlin Finishes 22nd at Richmond

April 27, 2015

Denny Hamlin finished 22nd in Sunday’s rain-postponed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, battling a tight #11 FedEx Ground Toyota throughout the 400-lap event won by Kurt Busch.

Hamlin started second but immediately began to fall in the running order due to an ill-handling race car. He reported the car lacked forward drive, was tight through the center of the corner and loose on corner exit.

“We just struggled all day,” said Hamlin, a two-time winner at his hometown track. “We just missed something. I thought we were pretty decent in practice, and obviously, set up to run at night and then having the race during the day, we didn’t have what we needed.”

Crew chief Dave Rogers called for a variety of changes on pit road to try to help Hamlin on the track, but nothing seemed to bring the #11 machine to life. Hamlin eventually fell two laps down with less than 100 laps to go before a string of-late race cautions.

The finish dropped Hamlin one spot to 12th in the NASCAR standings following Richmond, 112 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after nine of 26 regular season races.

The Series returns to action on Sunday, May 3 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where Hamlin is the defending race winner.