Hamlin Manages 14th at Talladega After Late Race Penalty.
Denny Hamlin finished 14th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, unable to overcome speeding penalties on pit road in the final Stage in the race won by Joey Logano.
Starting fourth, Hamlin proved to be one of the best cars throughout the day in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, but the Ford camp, led by Team Penske drivers, had everyone fighting just to stay near the top-five throughout the 188-lap race.
Hamlin managed to lead 11 laps, but while running second in the third and final segment, a pack of Ford's dove for pit road trying to hang the #11 out to dry. Hamlin made a split-second decision to get to pit road in an effort to stay with the pack, but was penalized for speeding entering the pits. The penalty would prove to be too much for the team to overcome with just 37 laps remaining in the race.
"It was an error that cost us entirely too much track position today, we had to do something to try and beat the Ford's and it was a case of trying too hard," said Hamlin. "We were having a good day in the FedEx Camry, but that one mistake cost us a shot at the win."
Logano dominated the final segment, and was followed to the checkered flag by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Hamlin dropped one spot to seventh in the overall NASCAR standings following Talladega, The Series returns to action next Sunday, May 6, at Dover International Speedway.