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Hamlin Retires Early from Wild All-Star Race

May 19, 2019

Pushing and shoving caused a lot of damage in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race, and Denny Hamlin was among the victims. The driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota was credited with an 18th-place finish after having to take his damaged car to the garage with nine laps to go in the race.

Hamlin started 12th in the non-points event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and fought a tight-handling car, as well as difficulty passing in traffic, for the first half of the race. He had moved into the top 10 to start the fourth and final stage but spun and wrecked after a shove from behind from Ryan Blaney.

The team made repairs and sent Hamlin back on track, but he took the car to the garage several laps later when the damage was too much to overcome.

“It just wasn’t our night,” said Hamlin. “Track position was hard to come by early on, and then once we started working our way toward the front, we got bounced around and spun. We’ll learn from it and be ready to come back here next weekend to go 600 miles.”

The series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Memorial Day weekend to run the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 26.