Daytona – Post Race Report
Denny Hamlin finishes 36th at Daytona Coke Zero 400
Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry qualified 24th on Thursday with a lap of 46.768 seconds (192.439) with teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth on the front row. "We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole in qualifying, but I'm confident we'll race fine," said Hamlin after time trials. "I know the FedEx crew will help me get the track position we need to run up front in the race." When the green flag waived at Daytona on Saturday night he immediately began moving forward, driving to eighth after 10 laps. During the first pit stop of the race, Hamlin tried to leave his pit box after receiving service from his crew, only to be blocked in by AJ Almendinger pitting in front of the FedEx team. The incident dropped Hamlin back to 34th. Thanks to subsequent pit stops and adjustments led by crew chief Darian Grubb, Hamlin eventually took the lead and led 20 laps before being shuffled back in the pack. On lap 98, while running 10th, the #11 FedEx car suffered right side and damage to the rear of the car after contact with Martin Truex, Jr., going a lap down in the process. After fighting to get back on the lead lap, Hamlin was involved in a multi-car accident on lap 149 that ended his race due to severe damage. After the mandatory visit to the infield care center, Denny was examined and released by the Doctors. Jimmie Johnson was the race winner in front of Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick. Denny Hamlin finished 36th with Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth finishing 12th and 33rd respectively. The next race for the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry will be next Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway."