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Hamlin Endures Challenging Night in Kansas for 16th-Place Finish

May 13, 2019

Denny Hamlin finished 16th in Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway in a night that included a blown tire, a difficult-handling car and an overtime finish.

The #11 FedEx Freight Toyota started the race in 11th, but a blown tire on Lap 59 caused right-rear damage that required extensive repairs and put Hamlin back in 33rd and a lap down to the leader. The handling of the car throughout the race – too tight early and too loose late – made it difficult to regain track position, but Denny and the team managed to fight back for a 16th-place in a green-white-checkered overtime finish.

“We really didn’t have the car we needed tonight,” Hamlin said. “We struggled with handling, and the blown tire really set us back. I’m proud of our FedEx team for fixing it up and working on adjustments, though. We wound up with a better result than how much of our race went.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads home to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the series’ All-Star Race on Saturday, May 18.