New Hampshire – Post Race Report
FedEx Racing Team Finishes 21st at New Hampshire
Denny Hamlin finished 21st in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, overcoming a pit road penalty and blown right-front tire to climb back into the top-10 in the closing laps before a late-race restart shuffled the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota back before the checkered flag. Hamlin and crew chief Darian Grubb opted for right-side tires from ninth place under caution prior to a 'green-white-checkered' finish, where he restarted 19th. However, traffic bottled up into Turn 1 after the green flag, and Hamlin was unable to make up spots in the two-lap dash won by Brian Vickers. "It's certainly another frustrating day for our FedEx team," said Hamlin, a two-time New Hampshire winner. "We made a couple mistakes and lost a lap early in the race, but we battled back in put ourselves in decent position at the end of the race." The FedEx team started seventh in the 302-lap event at the 'Magic Mile.' After a pair of early incidents, a long run saw Hamlin make his first stop under green flag conditions near Lap 80, with Grubb calling for four tires and a wedge adjustment to help a tight condition in the center of the corner. Unfortunately, a loose lug nut on the left-rear forced Hamlin back to pit road, where he lost a lap to the leaders. Less than 50 laps later, while battling for the lucky dog position, Hamlin felt his right-front tire going down. The tire went flat and Hamlin was able to keep it off the wall, and he returned to the pits for repairs. Hamlin kept in position for the free pass through the race's midpoint, and the team caught a break following a caution on Lap 211, putting the #11 machine back on the lead lap. Hamlin made a charge through the field back into the top-10 with less than 50 laps to go. A debris caution on Lap 298 bunched the field for the final restart. The Series will have its final off-weekend of the season prior to returning to action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28.