Hamlin Runner Up Charlotte
Hamlin Rebounds to a Runner-Up Finish at Charlotte
Denny Hamlin rebounded from a rough Coca-Cola 600 to score a second-place finish at Thursday evening’s event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rain showers forced another delay, but after a quick red flag 30 laps in the event ran to the finish without any more weather affecting it. Hamlin and his team struggled throughout the first stage, but made progress and drove into the top five during stage two. After great work from his pit crew – led by interim crew chief Sam McAulay – Hamlin started the final stage on the front row. He fell back a couple spots initially, but then drove back through the field and earned a second-place finish.
the air pressure built up enough to where it got off the race track,” said
Hamlin. “The pit crew just did a phenomenal job picking up a bunch of spots.
Our whole FedEx team prepared a good car. Every time we come back to a race
track for the second time, our results are really, really good. We’re making
good adjustments, I had a really good Camry, just needed to be a little better
in the short run there.”
It was a difficult night for most of the Toyota teams, but Martin Truex Jr. drove through the pack in the final stage to join his teammate in the top-10.
“Finally there, I fired
off for the third stage there, for that long run and the Bass Pro Shops Camry
was pretty good,” said Truex. “We started passing cars and making up some
ground. We just continued to chug our way forward the whole time. We never gave
up on it, we worked hard and salvaged something. I think we’re all a little
baffled on how we could have been that far off after how good we were Sunday.
Definitely need to go back to the shop and figure some things out.”
The NASCAR Cup Series has a short two days off before returning to action on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.