Kentucky – Post Race Report
Hamlin 35th After Tire Failure Ruins His Day at Kentucky
Denny Hamlin finished 35th in Sunday's rain delayed Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. Jamie McMurray was second followed by Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Denny qualified sixth in the FedEx Office Toyota Camry and moved to fourth before a mandatory caution period at lap 30. On the restart the #11 car suffered a broken valve stem on the right front tire, causing a caution period due to the debris from the blown tire. Crew Chief Darian Grubb had the FedEx crew put on four new Goodyear Eagles, added a round of wedge and sent him back on the track, the last car on the lead lap. By lap 48 Denny had moved up to 27th when the race was red flagged after a seven car accident. When the race went green Hamlin restarted 19th and began steadily charging through the field, his pit crew loosening the car on every stop until lap 149, when, while running fifth, a tire failure sent him into the wall hard. The damage to the right front of the FedEx Office Camry was serious enough to the end the team's day. After being examined and released from the infield care center, Denny said, "I got rattled around in the car and banged my knee pretty good but I'll be fine. I felt pretty good about the way we were running today. We could run with just about anybody. My job for the rest of the year is to win, for my team and my sponsors."