Hamlin Earns Fourth Straight Top-Five Finish with Third-Place Run at Watkins GlenAugust 5, 2019
Denny Hamlin kept the FedEx Cares Toyota in the spotlight all weekend long at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, culminating with a third-place finish Sunday at the high-speed road course. The result was his fourth straight top-five finish.
Hamlin rolled off sixth and ran in the top five for much of the race, a 90-lap affair that only had four cautions and minimal opportunities to pass. The top three – Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Hamlin – remained the same for the final 25 laps of the race. Elliott dominated to earn his second win while Joe Gibbs Racing cars took second, third and fourth (Erik Jones).
“We had a good FedEx Cares Toyota, but they were just a little better than us,” Hamlin said. “We had a third-place car, but I’m glad that we were able to optimize and get the most out of it. This keeps the momentum going for us. Obviously we wish we were a little better, but overall it was a good day for our team.”
The No. 11 Toyota’s special paint scheme at Watkins Glen showcased the launch of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 initiative as well as FedEx’s long-time partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, focusing on back-to-school pedestrian safety.
The series heads back to the Irish Hills of Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 11, for a 400-mile event at Michigan International Speedway.