Denny Hamlin set a new track record at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 131.407 mph and won the pole for Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race.
The rollercoaster continues for Denny Hamlin, but this time it ended with him on top. The No. 11 qualified on the outside pole and raced with the leaders most of the day before finishing fifth in Michigan International Speedway’s Pure Michigan 400.
Denny Hamlin narrowly missed earning the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. His speed of 196.990 mph was half a mile per hour slower than the pole sitter, Matt Kenseth.
Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top four spots in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. Carl Edwards led the contingent with a speed of 175.812, followed by Matt Kenseth (175.418), Kyle Busch (175.408), and Denny Hamlin (175.298).
Hamlin is a flat track master, but Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been his worst venue among the minimally-banked courses. One would not know that by his Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard effort as he finished fifth.
Denny Hamlin lost an hour of practice when his hood flew up into his windshield in the second practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.208 mph.
Of the six flat tracks on which NASCAR competes, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the least productive for Denny Hamlin. He has a career-average finish there of 15.3 in nine starts compared to Pocono Raceway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Richmond International Raceway where he has averages in the 11th-12th-place range. At New Hampshire he boasts a 10.7. His best flat track is Martinsville Speedway where he has an 8.3 in 19 starts.
Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin won the Lakes Region 200, his 13th victory in 150 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Lakes Region 200 with a lap of 29.069 seconds, 131.026 mph.
Denny Hamlin qualified fifth for the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and that is the third consecutive race for which he will start on one of the first five spots.
Denny Hamlin finished third in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, which is his second straight top-five. He finished third last week at Daytona International Speedway as well.
Denny Hamlin finished third in the Coke Zero 400 and was then turned by Kevin Harvick as the field crossed under the checkers. Hamlin’s spin collected virtually every car on the lead lap, but not until after the results were set.
Denny Hamlin was spun by Kevin Harvick in front of the field at the finish line and in the chain-reaction crash, Austin Dillon was launched into the catch fence on the frontstretch. He tore down the fence, destroyed his car, and ultimately landed on his lid after finishing seventh in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.