Phoenix II: Denny Hamlin race report

* Denny Hamlin finished 12th in the GameStop/New Super Mario Bros Wii Toyota on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. * Hamlin qualified his car on the pole with a new track record lap of 26.871 seconds around the one-mile oval. * Hamlin...

* Denny Hamlin finished 12th in the GameStop/New Super Mario Bros Wii Toyota on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

* Hamlin qualified his car on the pole with a new track record lap of 26.871 seconds around the one-mile oval.

* Hamlin would lead twice for a total of 91 laps on the day.

* On lap 157, Hamlin was spun by another competitor. He lost ten positions under that caution period while fixing minor body damage.

* Prior to the contact, Hamlin never spent any time outside the top-5.

* Joey Logano will be back in the GameStop Toyota for next week's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Joey Logano:

"I want to thank GameStop for coming on board with me this weekend and letting me race a car with Super Mario on it. New Super Mario Bros. Wii comes out Sunday and I'm going to pick up a copy because I had a lot of fun in that car this weekend. It was fast. We had a really good car today. It's just a shame that we didn't get a chance to finish where we should have. This was a car that was capable of winning the race."

"We were pretty good at the beginning, but we had to work on it a little bit during the first half of the race. The track changed a lot when the sun went down, which is normal at Phoenix. I chose the outside line on one of the early restarts to see if it would work and it just didn't work. We lost track position and then our car got really loose on one lap and I just ended up heating up the right rear tire too much and then got shuffled back. I just didn't have the car right there at the end to be able to race those guys."

-credit: jgr

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano