Hamlin Rebounds to Finish Seventh at Dover
Denny Hamlin finished seventh in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway after rebounding from two laps down in the race won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth.
Hamlin lined up eighth for the final restart and made quick work of Ryan Blaney and Clint Bowyer, moving up to sixth. Hamlin held that position for the final 35 laps before Brad Keselowski pulled alongside the FedEx machine coming to the checkers, beating Hamlin the line by inches.
"We just have to get better at the little stuff," said Hamlin. "We have fast cars week in and week out, but we just keep digging holes that are too big to get out of. These races are tough enough to win without mistakes. This FedEx team never gives up and we have some good tracks coming up, so we'll keep working to get better."
Hamlin started sixth in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota and moved up to fourth early on, but the handling started to go away and Hamlin fell back to 12th when a vibration developed and sending him to the pits a few laps prior to his scheduled stop. While driving down pit road, the caution came out trapping the FedEx car one lap down in the process.
Hamlin maintained 13th position in the NASCAR standings, 110 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after 12 of 26 regular season races.
NASCAR returns to action on Saturday, May 21 for the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.