Hamlin Battles for Top-10 Pocono FinishJune 8, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished 10th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, unable to make up track position during the 160-lap event at the unique three-turn track, won by Martin Truex Jr.
Hamlin battled a loose #11 FedEx Toyota throughout the race, and adjustments on pit road never could bring the car to life. Hamlin restarted ninth with less than 20 laps to go but fell back to 10th at the checkered flag.
“I thought we had a decent car – fifth to 10th place most of the day, but with our track position, we always took four tires,” said Hamlin. “Some of the guys made it on fuel because of all the cautions so we continued to lose track position throughout the day, but we kind of battled back. We barely got inside the top-10 and at best I thought we could have improved four or five more spots, but overall a solid day for the FedEx team.”
Hamlin started eighth and ran around that spot for the duration of the race. Crew chief Dave Rogers called for a long list of changes during the first handful of pit stops, including wedge, track bar, spring rubber and air pressure adjustments, but with passing at a premium throughout the day, he was unable to make up much ground.
A string of late-race cautions saw teams use a variety of pit and tire strategies before the checkered flag.
The finish marked Hamlin's sixth top-10 result of the season, and moved him up one spot to 13th in the NASCAR standings after 14 of 26 regular season races.
The Series returns to action next Sunday, June 14, at Michigan International Speedway.