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Fuel System Failure Relegates FedEx Racing Team to 38th at Texas

November 9, 2015

Denny Hamlin finished 38th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, after a failure in the fuel system forced the #11 FedEx Office Toyota to the garage for lengthy repairs early in the race won by Jimmie Johnson.

Hamlin started ninth and ran inside the top-10 in the early going. Following the first round of pit stops, Hamlin noticed that the car was shutting off at high RPMs. Under the next caution, the team tried to diagnose the problem, but as it persisted, they were forced to bring Hamlin to the garage before Lap 100. After multiple trips to fix the issue, Hamlin returned to the track 28 laps down to the leaders.

“It was a long day, for sure,” said Hamlin, a two-time Texas winner. “We had an issue in the fuel system and ended up having to change the entire cell. It made for a frustrating afternoon but hopefully something we can learn from and prevent in the future.”

The finish dropped Hamlin to 10th in the standings with two races remaining in the season. The Series returns to action at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 15.