Texas – Post Race Report
Hamlin Records Back-to-Back Top-10 Finishes with Seventh-Place Run at Texas
Denny Hamlin finished seventh in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, recording a second-straight top-10 result for the #11 FedEx Racing Team heading into the final two events of the 2013 season.
Hamlin charged from 12th after the final round of green flag pit stops in the 334-lap race, passing five cars in the final 40 laps to take the checkered flag behind winner Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski.
"It's another step in the right direction," said Hamlin, following the race. "We are getting our cars pretty good on these bigger tracks, and we certainly like the momentum we're building for the last couple weeks into the off-season. I'm proud of our FedEx team, and we'll continue to fight until the end."
Hamlin qualified 14th in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota at Texas, and spent the entire day in the top-15. A handful of early incidents gave crew chief Darian Grubb the chance to work on the car's handling, as Hamlin reported a tight condition in the center of the corner.
A long green flag stretch through the race's midpoint saw the FedEx team pit a few laps earlier than others, using the fresh tires to make up track position and move comfortably into the top-10.
The finish came on the heels of another seventh-place finish at Martinsville one week ago leading into next Sunday's event at Phoenix International Raceway, where Denny finished third earlier this year.