FedEx Racing Team Finishes 14th at New HampshireJuly 20, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished 14th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, battling an ill-handling #11 FedEx Freight Toyota throughout the 301-lap event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.
On the final restart with 44 laps to go, Hamlin lined up fifth, following a two-tire stop under caution, but cars on four fresh tires took advantage of the extra traction, quickly dropping Hamlin back to 14th at the finish.
Hamlin, a two-time New Hampshire winner, started fifth, but quickly began to lose positions due to the handling and fell back to 15th where he would race for most of the day.
Crew chief Dave Rogers called for a long list of changes to the FedEx car during each pit stop to try and get the balance Hamlin was looking for, but they never found the speed they needed to run up front with the leaders.
“We lacked a little bit of speed and fought the balance of the car all day for the most part,” said Hamlin. “It was very hard to pass out there today, but we’ll keep working with our FedEx Camry and hopefully we can get our cars better before the Chase comes along.”
Busch held off Brad Keselowski at the checkered flag to claim his third victory in the past four races.
The finish by Hamlin kept him 11th in the NASCAR standings following New Hampshire, 182 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after 19 of 24 regular season races.
The series returns to action next Sunday, July 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.