Auto Club Recap
Denny Hamlin secured a 14th-place finish in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, dropping right outside of the top-10 in the closing laps of the 200-lap event after multiple cautions and a last-minute move to forgo a pit stop with only a few laps remaining. After starting second alongside race winner Kyle Larson, Hamlin spent the majority of Sunday's race within the top 10, contending for the field's top positions during the event's long green-flag runs. A solid pit stop by the #11 team during a caution on lap 179 earned Hamlin four positions on pit road where he would restart second, however two more unsuspecting cautions interrupted the team's strategy and Hamlin slowly slipped backwards before crossing the finish line in 14th-place. Hamlin picked up three additional championship points for his 10th-place and 9th-place finish in Stage 1 and Stage 2 respectively, moving him up one spot to 12th in the overall NASCAR standings.