Hamlin Nets Another Top-Five Finish at TalladegaOctober 15, 2018
Denny Hamlin finished fourth in Sunday’s 500-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, battling his way to the front of the pack in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota to collect his ninth top-five result of the 2018 season.
A multi-car wreck on the race’s final, scheduled lap triggered a NASCAR overtime restart, and Hamlin lined up 10th for the ensuing two-lap shootout. Although Hamlin was immediately forced into a three wide, he fought for position and found a gap between the front-runners to secure a fourth-place finish behind race winner Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
“I thought we were the next best in line today (behind the Ford cars),” said Hamlin. “We stay disciplined, then chose the right line when it came down to the finish. This is a great top-five finish for our FedEx Racing team.”
Hamlin qualified 10th for Sunday’s event at Talladega Superspeedway, starting alongside Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. He managed to gain two spots in the race’s opening Stage to finish eighth.
Quick work by the FedEx Racing crew during the first Stage break positioned Hamlin in fifth to begin the second 55-lap segment. Hamlin rounded out the top-five behind the Stewart-Haas Racing teammates for the duration of the Stage where he finished, collecting six additional Stage points.
Hamlin’s fourth-place finish earned him two positions in the overall points standings, and he is now 13th following Talladega. The Series returns to action next Sunday, Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway.