FedEx Team Battles Back to Finish Second at KansasOctober 19, 2015
Denny Hamlin finished second in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, after fighting an ill-handling FedEx Express Toyota for most of the event won by Joey Logano.
Following the race’s final caution, Hamlin lined up second, next to Logano on the front row for a green-white-checker finish. He maintained that spot at the checkered flag, narrowly beating Jimmie Johnson to the line to record his sixth top-five finish in the last eight races.
Hamlin started the day fifth and immediately began fighting a loose car, dropping back to 20th at one point, but a series of well-timed cautions allowed the FedEx crew to make the much needed adjustments to help Hamlin get some stability in the turns. As the handling improved, so did Hamlin’s track position, eventually setting him up to challenge for the win.
“It was an interesting day for sure,” said Hamlin, who now has two consecutive top-five finishes in the Contender Round of the Playoffs. “We definitely fought our car early today, just couldn’t do anything and battled back our track position. It’s so hard to pass, we just fought the car and made it better and had some good restarts. The pit crew picked us up a few spots and next thing you know we are trying to battle for a win. It was a great day for our FedEx Express Camry. I’ve never been so disappointed to be second at Kansas, I would have taken second and ran with it before this weekend started.”
The finish moved Hamlin up two spots to second in the standings after the second of three Contender Round races, currently 18 points ahead of the Chase cutline. The Series returns to action next Sunday, Oct. 25, at Talladega Superspeedway.