Gardiner, Me. - Denny Hamlin fought through the pack several times in the Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, only to have a late-race incident derail his chances to finish in the top-10 in the No. 03 Team EJP...
Gardiner, Me. - Denny Hamlin fought through the pack several times in the Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, only to have a late-race incident derail his chances to finish in the top-10 in the No. 03 Team EJP Racing Chevrolet.
Hamlin started 24th and was making steady progress towards the front of the field when the first incident sent him to the pits to repair damage to the left front fender. On lap 70, Hamlin made an evasive move to avoid a spinning truck and while he was able to barely squeeze between the wall and the spinning truck, slight contact with the rear of the other truck did significant damage to the fender of the EJP Racing Chevy.
"The 2 truck slid across the grass and came back up on the track," Hamlin said. "I am sure he was fighting to get control of it. It looked like he was going to keep it low on the track so I went up high. But, it just kept on coming and the hole closed up on me. I missed the wall by about two inches, but clipped the rear end of the 2 truck. We were able to patch up the fender but that damage sure didn't help us the rest of the day."
Once back on track, Hamlin again started to make progress up through the pack. As Hamlin approached the top-15 in the late stages of the race, trouble again struck. Hamlin was on the outside through turn 2 when a truck lost control beneath him, sending him into the outside wall and back to the pits for repairs.
"I was on the outside of the 2 truck again and he must have lost the air on the spoiler," he said. "He came up the track and pushed me into the fence. It pancaked the side of the truck pretty good. It is a shame, because we were going to have a decent finish. Once we knocked the fender off it, I don't think we had a chance to race into the top-10, but we were going to come back to the top-15 or so. I learned a lot about racing on these speedways, I just wish we could have had the finish we were capable of."