Denny Hamlin earned his fifth win of the season in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Michigan International Speedway, m arking a career-high number of NSCS wins for the 29-year-old Virginia native in a single season. It also marks...
Denny Hamlin earned his fifth win of the season in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Michigan International Speedway, m arking a career-high number of NSCS wins for the 29-year-old Virginia native in a single season.
It also marks the first win for Hamlin at the two-mile oval and the 13th victory of his career.
Hamlin led four times for 123 (of 200) laps in the No. 11 FedEx Ground Camry to earn the seventh Camry win in 2010 and the 28th win for Toyota since joining the series in 2007.
Hamlin has won seven of the last 20 NSCS races -- more than one-third of the events -- dating back to his win at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October 2009.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Toyota have won seven of the last 10 NSCS races. Kyle Busch has also earned two race wins.
Camry drivers Joey Logano (10th), Marcos Ambrose (15th), Martin Truex Jr. (17th), David Reutimann (18th), Busch (20th), Scott Speed (28th), Robby Gordon (33rd), Casey Mears (36th), Joe Nemechek (37th), Todd Bodine (42nd) and Max Papis (43rd) were also in the field.
Busch remains in second-place in the unofficial NSCS point standings following the race at Michigan -- 22 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. With the win, Hamlin remains third in points and 47 points behind Harvick with Truex (16th), Logano (17th) and Reutimann (19th) also in the top-20 for Toyota.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How excited are you to get your fifth win of the year? "I can't thank the fans enough. I just want to thank everyone at Michigan International for upgrading the pit areas for us and it's just been a great year so far. It's so easy to drive cars like this. They make me look good. I can tell you it's the work of guys like Mike Ford (crew chief) and the entire 11 team. I can't think him enough, Sprint, FedEx and all of their employees, the whole 11 team, Toyota, everyone at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing), Gillette, Wiley X, Coca-Cola and everyone who helps support this deal and helps put it together. We're going to keep making a run at them."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
Are you satisfied with a top-10 finish today? "Overall it's a good weekend, I guess. From the beginning of the race, yes, a top-10 was great. We started making a run there towards the end of the race that was pretty good and I think we were running top-five times, but we ran out of time. I thought it would be alright if we stayed out with five laps on our tires there at the end and two tires beat us - about every one of one of them. We'll take it. It's a good points day. That's what we've got to do every week. I've got to thank Home Depot and Toyota for what they do for us."
How was your run today? "We were okay. We started the run and we weren't any good at all. At the start of the day we were just loose, loose, loose. Put a rubber in it, put another rubber in it and just couldn't get it. We finally got it to where I can get off the corner and started pulling back through the field. Kind of ran out of time and that last caution came out -- two tires or staying out, either way it's kind of a tough deal. We were right at that cutoff there and that's what got us. I think staying out is what got us."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Clorox/Kleenex Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty
Finishing Position: 15th
How was your run today? "Pretty good. We had a spin early on which really hurt the handling of the race car and we spent the rest of the day just kind of trying to get it back, but it's a strong day for us. We've had a really tough few weeks and it just feels good to finish." How did your car handle after the spin early in the race? "It definitely changed the way it handled. It took us a couple runs to get the car back underneath us. We did some damage underneath with the crush panels and stuff and lost some downforce. We got it back and it was a good strong day for us."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
Finishing Position: 17th
How was your race today? "We had a loose wheel there so it was a good comeback from that, but I don't know -- we just struggled all day with our NAPA Toyota. I felt good yesterday after practice. We had a pretty good car in the long runs and today we were pretty decent in the long runs, we just really struggled in traffic restarts and things. And that really hurt us. Just couldn't get any position on anyone. Late in the run we'd gain speed and we'd be faster than a lot of the guys ahead of us, but just could never make the passes. We've got to work on being better in traffic over these big tracks."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael
Finishing Position: 18th
How did your race car handle today? "We just struggled all day. We never really got the Aaron's Dream Machine exactly how we wanted. We'd be a little loose, then a little tight. I feel like the track conditions kept changing and we'd get it for a short time, but could never keep it for very long. My pit crew and team did a great job and we kept at it and tried to make the best of our day. I'm disappointed, but we just have to move on and keep getting better."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Pretzel Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 20th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 SpeedFactory TV Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon
Finishing Position: 33rd
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 37th
TODD BODINE, No. 64 Little Joe's Autos Toyota Camry, Gunselman
Finishing Position: 42nd
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 43rd
-source: toyota motorsport