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Dover halts Hamlin’s momentum

Denny Hamlin came to Dover having scored more points than any other driver in the previous eleven Cup races, but the second race of the Chase was a disappointment.

Hamlin finished 22nd and fell three positions in the standings to sixth, 108 points behind championship leader Mark Martin.

"We're definitely disappointed, but we didn't crash," Hamlin said, accentuating a positive aspect of an otherwise frustrating day. "We didn't have a 35th-place finish, but we just didn't have a car that was capable of running with any speed today. We weren't really fast in qualifying. We weren't fast in all the practices. Our car just didn't have a whole lot of speed.

"We definitely came out here thinking we could win the race, just like any other weekend, but as soon as the green flag fell, I knew we were in trouble. It was just a bad day. The tyre that we had was so loose that you had to overcompensate so much with the chassis that it just didn't make for good racing, at least from my standpoint."

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News


Tagged as: chase , Denny Hamlin , Dover

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