Fast FedEx Toyota Ends Up 17th at Charlotte after Last-Lap WreckMay 27, 2019
Denny Hamlin’s up-and-down evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday ended on the down side after he spun and wrecked on the last lap of the Coca-Cola 600. His FedEx Ground Toyota had been fast all evening, leading 21 laps and repeatedly climbing back through the field after multiple incidents set him back.
Hamlin started in 20th and immediately knew he had a fast car. He finished Stage 1 in second place, and quickly took the lead after the start of Stage 2, where he stayed for 21 laps. But the remaining three stages were full of incidents that knocked Denny toward the back – multiple blown tires plus a pit road miscue where he missed his pit and had to back up. Each time, he rebounded and pushed his way back toward the front.
The team had fought back from 19th place, one lap down, in the final stage to climb back into the top 10 for the final laps. But a last-lap incident sent the #11 hard into the inside wall. Denny was able to drive the heavily damaged car over the finish line to be credited with a 17th-place finish.
“We had a really fast FedEx Toyota all night,” Hamlin said. “It’s crazy how many cars we passed over the course of the entire race, repeatedly going from the back to the front. Unfortunately, our finish doesn’t reflect how good of a car we had. I’m proud of the speed this team brought to the racetrack, though, and it should help us moving forward.”
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for a 400-mile event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 2.