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Mid-Race Penalty Foils Hamlin Finish in Las Vegas

March 5, 2018

Denny Hamlin finished 17th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, unable to overcome a speeding penalty on pit road in Stage 2 in the race won by Kevin Harvick.

Hamlin was one of the quickest cars throughout the day in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, but a 19th-place starting position and mid-race penalty never allowed the team to capitalize on track position at the 1.5-mile oval.

"It was an unforced error that ultimately cost us today, and I take the blame," said Hamlin. "We has good speed in our FedEx Camry, but could never get up front to show it."

Harvick dominated the afternoon, and was followed to the checkered flag by Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney.

Hamlin dropped to eighth in the standings following Las Vegas, 38 points behind Harvick after 3 of 26 regular season races.

The Series continues its West Coast Swing with a 312-Lap event at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March 11.