Spin Drops Hamlin to 28th at TexasNovember 5, 2019
Denny Hamlin finished 28th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, after a Turn 4 spin took the FedEx team out of contention in the race won by Kevin Harvick.
Hamlin started the day from the third position and raced in the top-10 for most of Stage 1. While running eighth as the laps wore down in the stage, Hamlin lost the handle on the #11 FedEx Toyota exiting Turn 4 and spun through the grass, causing significant damage to the right front. The FedEx team made numerous pit stops to try and fix the damage, but the aerodynamics were ruined and the handling suffered as a result.
A lack of cautions throughout the remainder of the race worked against the FedEx team and Hamlin dropped six laps down to the leaders by the time the race came to a conclusion after 334 laps.
“Just got up in the slippery stuff before it was really broke in,” said Hamlin, the Spring Texas race winner. “Just lost control, that's all there is to it. Proud of the whole FedEx team for putting their best effort forward so we could be there at the end. Did the best we could and we'll go to Phoenix and try to win."
The 28th place finish dropped Hamlin to fifth in Playoff points with one race to go in the Round of 8, 20 points below the Championship 4 cut line headed to Phoenix International Raceway next Sunday.