Hamlin, FedEx Racing Finish 25th in the Lone Star State
Denny Hamlin finished 25th in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the newly repaved Texas Motor Speedway, battling an ill-handling #11 FedEx Office Toyota throughout the 334-lap event won by Jimmie Johnson.
Hamlin started 17th on the inside row for Sunday’s event, and immediately started fighting a tight race car when the field took the green flag. The FedEx crew took advantage of the mandatory Stage cautions throughout the race to earn him positions on pit road during the 500-mile event, but Hamlin found himself forced into the outside groove during the restarts, causing undesirable racing conditions including a right-front vibration and little grip on the 1.5-mile speedway.
“We obviously hoped for a better run today at Texas, but even with our best effort, we just couldn’t get the #11 FedEx Office Toyota handling exactly the way we wanted," said Hamlin, who swept the 2010 races at Texas. "We’ll definitely hold on to what we learned this weekend about tire wear and performance on the new track surface and use it to our advantage when we return here later this year during the Playoffs.”
Hamlin remains 16th in the NASCAR standings following the race at Texas. The Series will have an off weekend before the drivers return to Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 23rd.