Posted by kryan June - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Via FedEx Racing

Denny Hamlin Racing at PoconoDenny Hamlin started 17th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Pocono’s 400 at Pocono International Raceway and appeared headed for a top five finish, but handling issues late in the race left him with an eighth-place result in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry.

With qualifying rained out and the lineup determined by owner points, Hamlin started far back from where he usually grids but immediately began moving forward. He was up to 14th by lap 21, 12th by lap 32 and then ninth by lap 51. Like many others his car was loose under the bright, sunny skies but Darian Grubb and Hamlin’s FedEx Ground crew kept working on the chassis while servicing the car in record time.

On his final pit stop he made up five spots on pit road to restart second behind eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson, but two more cautions and restarts saw the #11 car get shuffled back to his eventual finish position due to a severe pushing condition. “We were a little bit off all weekend, eighth is about where I thought we would end up,” said Hamlin. “I’m proud of my whole FedEx team, my pit crew did great, they gave me a chance to at least battle after the restarts, I think they picked up four or five spots for me on one stop. I’ve got the best team in the business, that’s for sure.”

Hamlin moved up another position in the standings to now rank 25th, 76 points out of the 20th position. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action next weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 500 on Sunday, June 16.

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