Hamlin Posts Top-Five Finish at Brickyard 400July 27, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished fifth in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting his third top-five result in the previous four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota.
Hamlin lined up sixth for the ‘green-white-checkered’ finish at the historic 2.5-mile track, moving up one spot in the final two laps of the event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.
“Track position was very important today, and it took us 150 laps to get up through the field,” said Hamlin, who now has three top-10 finishes in 10 Brickyard starts. “We didn’t get the restart we needed after the second to last caution, but it ended up being a good day for our FedEx team.”
Hamlin started 17th and quickly worked up in the running order. The race featured a new aerodynamic rules package making passing at a premium, and teams employed varying fuel strategies at the long speedway.
Crew chief Dave Rogers made a variety of changes to the car on pit road to help Hamlin navigate traffic, and after a caution during a cycle of green flag pit stops with less than 70 laps to go, Hamlin was in the top-10 for the restart.
The team made its final stop with 39 laps remaining, and a host of late-race cautions enabled Hamlin to stretch his fuel enough to make it to the end.
The finish moved Hamlin up one spot to 10th in the NASCAR standings following Indianapolis, 186 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after 20 of 26 regular season races. The Series returns to action at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Sunday, August 2.