Hamlin Finishes 15th in New HampshireSeptember 25, 2016
Denny Hamlin finished 15th in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, unable to make up track position in the final laps the 300-lap event on the flat, one-mile oval, won by Kevin Harvick.
Hamlin battled a loose #11 FedEx Freight Toyota throughout the race, and adjustments on pit road never could bring the car to life. Hamlin restarted 18th following a late race caution and with just seven green flag laps remaining, raced his way up to 15th at the checkered flag.
"We just couldn't get our car tight enough to make up any ground out there today," said Hamlin, following the race. "It's certainly a disappointing finish for our FedEx team, we're going to have to race hard and keep from making any mistakes at Dover in order to stay in this championship hunt. We'll move on from this and get better."
Hamlin started fifth and ran in the top-10 for most of the race. A pit road penalty for an uncontrolled tire during the final stop put him back in 18th, and with so few laps left to run, was unable to make up much ground.
The finish dropped Hamlin three spots to seventh in the NASCAR standings following New Hampshire, 16 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.
The series returns to action next Sunday, October 2, at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.