FedEx Racing Finishes 20th at BristolApril 18, 2016
Denny Hamlin finished 20th in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, after two incidents foiled the FedEx teams chance at victory in the race won by Carl Edwards.
Hamlin started fourth and was running solid in the top-10, but while exiting pit road, made contact with another car causing body damage to the right front of the FedEx Toyota. The team was forced to make numerous stops to try and get the bodywork repaired, placing Hamlin deep in the field after 190 laps.
Pushing hard to try and stay on the lead lap, Hamlin suffered his second setback of the day when the right front tire let go sending the car up the track and into the wall. The FedEx car was able to continue, but was 22nd, one lap down with just 84 laps left.
Hamlin was the recipient of the free pass with six laps to go, allowing him return to the lead lap for the final restart, picking up two spots for the 20th place finish.
“You have to have a clean race to have any kind of chance at a place like Bristol,” said Hamlin. “We had a good handling car and I think the track was going to come to us, but once we started having issues, they seemed to keep coming.”
Hamlin dropped one spot to ninth in the NASCAR standings, 65 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after eight of 26 regular season races.
The series returns to action next Sunday, April 24 at Richmond International Raceway.