FedEx Racing Team Finishes 18th in Dover and Advance in Chase PlayoffsOctober 5, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished 18th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, advancing to the Contender Round of the Chase playoffs after four drivers were eliminated following the 400-lap event at the “Monster Mile.”
Hamlin could not overcome a pair of speeding penalties on pit road in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, spending the majority of the race one lap down due to the lost track position. He started second and ran in the top-five prior to the competition caution on Lap 40. Unfortunately, Hamlin was nabbed for speeding exiting the pits, and forced to start at the tail end of the field.
Track position was at a premium throughout the 400-mile race on the high-banked, concrete oval. Mired in lapped traffic, Hamlin lost a lap to eventual winner Kevin Harvick on a long green flag run, and spent the next 250 laps trying to get the free pass. He ultimately was the lucky dog on the final caution with 25 laps to go and finished 18th.
“It was a tough day for our FedEx team, but we battled through and advanced to the next round of the Chase,” said Hamlin, who won the playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago. “We got caught speeding early in the race and never were able to recover. We have a chance to catch our breath and get ready for the next segment.”
Harvick was victorious, followed by Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray and Aric Almirola.
The four drivers eliminated following Dover were Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer.
The Contender Round consists of three races beginning Saturday, October 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.