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Early Incident Relegates Hamlin to 30th Place Finish at Texas

November 5, 2018

Denny Hamlin finished 30th is Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway after a first turn, first lap incident foiled the #11 FedEx Racing Team's chances for victory in the event won by Kevin Harvick. 

Hamlin started the race from the sixth position, but as the field dove into Turn 1, Hamlin was hit in the left side as the drivers fought for positions. The contact pushed the sheet metal in on the tires and Hamlin was forced to pit multiple times after 10 laps of racing, dropping the #11 three laps down to the leaders.

Between the aerodynamic disadvantage and the lack of cautions, the FedEx Team was unable to put themselves in a position to get back on the lead lap and Hamlin remained multiple laps down throughout the remainder of the 334-lap race.

“I'm not sure what happened with some of those guys on the first lap, but my car took a beating,” said Hamlin. “We had a fast FedEx Toyota all weekend, but we were never able to show it during the race because of the lack of track position and the damage to the car.” 

Hamlin remained 11th in the overall standings following Texas. The Series returns to action on Sunday, November 11 at Phoenix Raceway.