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Hamlin Ends Tough-Luck Streak with Sixth-Place Finish at Pocono

June 2, 2019

Denny Hamlin earned a sixth-place finish at Pocono Raceway Sunday, putting behind him a stretch of races where he finished outside the top 15 due to mechanical issues or accidents.

Hamlin started the 400-mile event in sixth and raced inside the top 10 for most of the afternoon. Passing was difficult, but varying pit strategies mixed up the field multiple times, including putting the FedEx Office Toyota in the lead for a lap. At least five different cars had incidents involving cut tires or contact with the wall, but the #11 team avoided trouble and executed a clean race.

“We had better tires than everyone else at the end, we just couldn’t pass them once we ran up to them,” Hamlin said. “But it was a fairly smooth race for us and a top-10 finish. It was what we needed after a rough stretch the last few weeks, so I’m proud of the effort from our FedEx team and we’ll keep it going next week in Michigan.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to high-speed Michigan International Speedway for a 400-mile event on Sunday, June 9.