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Hamlin Posts Strong Top-Five Result in Coca-Cola 600

May 31, 2016

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, running among the top-10 throughout the 400-mile event won by Martin Truex Jr.

The race was slowed by just four cautions for 19 laps, and Truex dominated the field, leading 392 circuits around the 1.5-mile oval. Hamlin lined up fifth for the race’s final restart on Lap 345, climbing one spot before the checkered flag behind Truex, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson.

“We were a top-five car all night, but nobody had anything for the (number) 78 (Truex),” said Hamlin, who recorded his fourth top-five finish of the season. “We kept working on the car throughout the race, but never hit that magic setup. It was a solid, mistake-free run for our FedEx team, and that’s very encouraging.”

Hamlin started fourth and ran in the top-10 the entire race. A series of green flag pit stops during the middle portion shuffled the running order a bit, and Hamlin was always able to maintain track position. The FedEx Racing Team crew was flawless on pit road, maintaining or gaining spots on each stop.

Hamlin climbed two spots to 11th in the NASCAR standings following Charlotte, 112 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after 13 of 26 regular season races. The Series returns to action at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on June 5, where Hamlin has four career victories.