Posted by kryan August - 20 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Via FedEx Racing

Denny Hamlin finished 11th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, battling track position throughout the 201-lap event on the two-mile track won by Greg Biffle.

Hamlin restarted 10th for the two-lap ‘green-white-checkered’ finish but was unable to make up any ground, settling for a hard-fought 11th-place run in the season’s 23rd race. “We were just so tight in traffic,” said Hamlin, following the race. “We worked all day to try to get some track position, but we were never able to get up near the front. Our team needed a solid run this weekend and that’s what we got. We want to make sure our wins count as bonus points for the Chase, so it’s important for us to stay inside the top-10.”

Hamlin started 21st in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota and quickly moved up into the top-15 in the early going. A caution near the race’s midpoint saw Hamlin sustain minimal right-front damage. He came to the pits for repairs, but had to restart back in 28th. A caution shortly after allowed Hamlin to move up as the leaders pit, and a long green-flag run shuffle the #11 car to the lead for a lap prior to the race’s final caution period.

The finish kept Hamlin 10th in the NASCAR standings following Michigan, 96 points behind leader Biffle after 23 of 26 regular season races.

The Series returns to action at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 25.

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