Hamlin Races to Second at New HampshireSeptember 28, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished second in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, running in the top-10 for the majority of the 300-lap event on the flat, one-mile oval won by Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate Matt Kenseth.
Hamlin lined up 10th for the final restart with 58 laps to go with four fresh tires and a full load of fuel. Immediately, he began picking off cars and 12 laps later was up to second behind leader Kevin Harvick. As the laps clicked, the #11 began to experience a slight handling issue, allowing Kenseth to move past with 27 laps to go. Harvick’s tank ran dry with three laps to go and the two JGR teammates took advantage of the situation for the one-two finish.
“We really had a pretty good race, we took a chance there at the end and it almost paid off for the FedEx team,” said Hamlin, a two-time New Hampshire winner. “At best, I thought we were a second-place car, at worst a fifth. We had everything kind of work out well for us there at the end.”
After starting seventh, Hamlin settled in to the top-10 for the first half of the event. He methodically worked into the top-five for the second half and on lap 219 took the lead which he held for 21 laps before giving way to set up for the final pit stop and restart.
Hamlin remains second in the Chase standings, six points behind leader Matt Kenseth.
The series returns to action next Sunday, October 4, at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.