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Hamlin Posts Top-Five Finish at Michigan

August 17, 2015

Denny Hamlin finished fifth in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, recording his fourth top-five finish in the last seven events in the #11 FedEx Toyota.

Hamlin restarted fourth following the race's final caution with 13 laps to go and crossed the finish line fifth behind eventual winner and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth.

A two-time Michigan winner, Hamlin started second in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, but fell back to 12th early on after experiencing handling issues while racing in traffic. With passing at a premium, crew chief Dave Rogers used a mid-race two tire pit strategy to help Hamlin gain track position, allowing him to crack the top-five in the latter stages of the event.

“It was a pretty good race for us. We ran top-five to seven all day,” said Hamlin. “When the field would get spread out we were pretty fast, but restarts were awful tough and you couldn’t run right behind anybody. You would just lose the whole car. We were struggling with that all day, but overall I’m pretty proud of this FedEx Freight team.”

Hamlin moved up one spot to ninth in the NASCAR standings following Michigan, 196 points behind leader Kevin Harvick with three races remaining in the regular season.
The series returns to action Saturday, August 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway.