Multi-Car Crash Wrecks Hamlin’s Darlington RunSeptember 2, 2019
A top-five run and a shot at victory were derailed for Denny Hamlin Sunday night after he got collected in a multi-car wreck in the rain-delayed Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
Hamlin was running in the top five when a multi-car crash unfolded in front of him on Lap 275 of 367. The FedEx Toyota suffered significant damage, but the #11 team was able to patch up their car well enough, using multiple pit stops, to return to the race. However, Hamlin was multiple laps down and unable to make up lost ground.
He crossed the line in 29th as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones collected his first win of the season.
“Obviously, that was a big disappointment for our FedEx team,” Hamlin said. “We had another good car and felt we could’ve competed for a win. We will get our streak going again next week in Indianapolis.”
The start of Sunday night’s race was delayed almost four hours due to heavy rain, and fans didn’t see the checkered flag wave until almost 2 a.m. local time.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series holds its regular-season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 8.