New Hampshire – Post Race Report
FedEx Racing Team Fights for 12th-Place Finish at New Hampshire
Denny Hamlin finished 12th in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the second race of the 2013 Chase won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth.
Hamlin started 14th in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota and ran among the top-15 cars throughout the 300-lap event on the flat, one-mile oval. A handful of early-race incidents allowed for differing pit strategies and opportunities to work on the car's handling, with crew chief Darian Grubb calling for a variety of adjustments to help the car on corner exit.
A long green flag run through the race's midpoint saw Hamlin enter the top-10, still searching for grip through the turns. The event's final caution came on Lap 254, providing the FedEx crew one more chance to wrench on the #11 machine. Unfortunately, the adjustments did not bring the car to life, and Hamlin took the checkered flag 12th.
"We just lacked forward bite all day," said Hamlin, following the race. "We could get through Turns 3 and 4 pretty well, but just got so loose on late (corner) exit, that it killed our speed. However, we ran among the top-10 for most of the day and saw the checkered flag."
NASCAR returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Dover International Speedway.