Hamlin Finishes 21st in FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism SpeaksJune 1, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished 21st in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover (Del.) International Speedway after late-race contact from behind while running sixth sent the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota spinning on the backstretch.
Hamlin restarted fifth with 17 laps to go and had four fresh tires to try to battle for the race win. However, Clint Bowyer tapped Hamlin from behind four laps later in Turn 2, sending him towards the inside wall before being collected by Kurt Busch, causing extensive damage and time in the pits for repairs.
“It’s a tough end to our day in the FedEx 400,” said Hamlin. “We had a good car early, and lost the handle a little bit in the middle of the race. The strategy didn’t work in our favor, but we were able to work ourselves back into the top-five and I thought we had a chance at it at the end. Unfortunately, we got hit from behind and it took us out.”
Hamlin started on the pole in the special #11 paint scheme, and he led four times for a total of 118 laps in the 400-lap event won by Jimmie Johnson. It was the most laps Hamlin has led in a race since pacing 193 circuits en route to victory lane at New Hampshire in September 2012.
Johnson held off Kevin Harvick at the checkered flag, followed by Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola.
Hamlin climbed one spot to 14th in the NASCAR standings following Dover, now 171 points behind leader Harvick after 13 of 26 regular season races. The Series returns to action at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 7.