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Hamlin Tallies Top-10 for FedEx Racing at Michigan

August 13, 2018

Denny Hamlin finished eighth in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway to log his 12th top-10 finish of the season in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota.

Hamlin lined up ninth on the final restart with 57 laps to go, and gained one spot during the long green flag run to end the event won by Kevin Harvick.

"We had speed in our FedEx Toyota, but never could get back our track position," said Hamlin. "Once the strategy flipped and we got shuffled back a little, it's so hard to overcome."

Hamlin started on the pole and led the race's first 13 laps, ultimately finishing sixth in Stage 1. Varying strategies in Stage 2 pushed Hamlin outside the top-10, but quick work on pit road by the crew and timely adjustments by crew chief Mike Wheeler helped the team recover.

The finish kept Hamlin ninth in the point standings following Michigan, with the Series returning to action on Saturday, August 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway.