Hamlin Finishes 11th at Rain-Delayed Michigan RaceJune 11, 2019
A Monday race day ended up in an 11th-place finish for Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota team at Michigan International Speedway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was delayed one day due to persistent rain over the two-mile oval throughout the day Sunday.
Hamlin took the late-afternoon green flag in fourth. He quickly moved to the lead for three laps before grip became an issue and he fell back outside the top 10. The FedEx Freight team tried various strategic pit moves throughout the race – and even led two additional laps – but a tight-handling race car kept Hamlin from being able to truly challenge the leaders.
The #11 team did make up some ground in the third and final stage. After restarting in 25th with 66 laps to go, Hamlin fought his way into the top 15 and was knocking on the door of the top 10. Despite a late caution that bunched the field back up for a green-white-checkered finish, he finished just outside the top 10 in 11th.
“Our FedEx Camry wasn’t quite handling the way we needed it to tonight,” Hamlin said. “But considering some of the challenges we had, an 11th-place finish is better than where we could have wound up. We’ll definitely learn from it and come back better in August.”
The series takes a week off and then returns to action at the road course of Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23.