Hamlin Finishes Ninth in Charlotte After Brush With Wall in Final Segment
Denny Hamlin finished ninth in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, sustaining right-side damage in the final segment after a brush with the wall thwarted the #11 FedEx Express Toyota's momentum in the event won by Joey Logano.
Hamlin – the 2015 All-Star winner – lined up eighth for the final restart, a 13-lap dash to the checkered flag.
Using the high line to build speed and pass cars, Hamlin quickly moved up spots. However, traffic in front crowded him up the banking in Turn 2, eventually making contact with the outside wall. The damage was minimal, but left Hamlin deep in the running order, crossing the finish line ninth.
"It's a race for a million bucks, so you have to go for it," said Hamlin. "We had a good run down the frontstretch and into (turn) one, but just got crowded up the track and into the wall."
Hamlin started 12th after rain earlier washed out qualifying and the grid was set based on Sprint Cup Series owner standings. Varying tire and fuel strategies throughout the three-segment event made for an exciting exhibition event, including mandatory green flag pit stops in the first two segments.
The Series returns to action at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29 for the Coca-Cola 600.