NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
R
Daytona Clash
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Next event in
9 days
08 Feb
-
16 Feb
Next event in
9 days
R
Las Vegas
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Next event in
22 days
R
Fontana
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Next event in
29 days
R
Phoenix
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
36 days
R
Atlanta
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
43 days
R
Homestead
20 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
50 days
R
27 Mar
-
29 Mar
Next event in
57 days
R
Bristol
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
64 days
R
Richmond
17 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
78 days
R
Talladega
24 Apr
-
26 Apr
Next event in
85 days
R
01 May
-
03 May
Next event in
92 days
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
98 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
106 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
113 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
120 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
127 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
134 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
141 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
148 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
155 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
161 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
169 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
190 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
197 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
204 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
210 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
218 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
224 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
231 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
239 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
246 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
253 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
260 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
267 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
274 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
281 days

Denny Hamlin to Logano: “You’ve got to get out of the way"

shares
comments
Denny Hamlin to Logano: “You’ve got to get out of the way"
By:
Oct 6, 2019, 11:36 PM

Denny Hamlin looked like a strong contender for a win Sunday at Dover but a lapped car and a quirky engine issue sidelined his charge.

Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express, Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil

The lapped car – the No. 22 of Joey Logano – weighed on his mind far more than anything else, however.

Hamlin started on the pole and dominated on his way to the Stage 1 win, definitely looking like he had the car to beat in the Drydene 400.

He appeared well on his way to a victory in Stage 2 as well until Logano – who was running 24 laps off the pace due to a pre-race mechanical issue – obstructed his racing line, which helped Martin Truex Jr. take the lead.

Read Also:

Truex would hold off Kyle Larson for the Stage 2 win with Hamlin finishing third. 

“I thought (Logano) was trying to stay on the lead lap, but they said he was 24 laps down and so he was kind of air blocking us and we lost the lead, and we lost that stage,” Hamlin said after the race.

Logano claimed he was simply racing for every available point.

“The situation was that I had about four or five cars that it was possible for me to catch, which is five points. You tell me if it is worth it. I would say it is worth it and I have to go,” he said. “I have to try to get those spots if I can get them. 

“If some of those cars that were that slow out there and were going to be 20-something laps down, the pace we were running we were going to be within a lap or two of them. I had to race hard. I had to keep going.”

Not buying it

Told of Logano’s comments, Hamlin was not pleased with the explanation.

“Make up positions? He’s 24 laps down, that’s the most idiotic statement I’ve ever heard. We’re battling for the end of the stage, it’s not your day, you’ve had bad luck, we get it, but I don’t understand that at all. That’s just a stupid statement by an idiot,” he said.

“You’ve got to get out of the way. When it’s not your day and your 20-something laps down, you’re not going to make those positions up. It ain’t going to make one position difference at any point of the race, and it didn’t. 

“I probably shouldn’t call Joey an idiot, he’s not an idiot, but it’s just a bad choice to say he’s battling for something. He’s not fighting for anything. He just needs to run around the race track, stay in one lane, maybe the high lane because nobody’s running up there, get the laps over with, get the race over with, go home, work on it at Talladega and try to win that race.”

Engine problems?

As it turned out, Hamlin recovered quickly and started the final stage in second behind Larson. But on Lap 272 of 400, he suddenly radioed his crew that he may be “blowing up.”

As everyone watched anxiously to see if smoke would come billowing out of Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota, he lost some positions on the track but managed to finish the entire race, ending up fifth.

“I missed a shift on the last restart. The car changed tones and lost a little power, but it’s next year’s motor which is not concerning any more this year,” Hamlin said. “Certainly, I was concerned that we weren’t going to make it.”

In the final stage, Hamlin said he “lost control of the race” as he found the track get tighter.

“There were no cautions to pick up the rubber. We just got tight. Once we lost control – lost the clean air – it was so difficult to pass,” he said. 

“I needed to be up front with as tight as my car was, so I just lost the lead and backpedaled from there. Top-five, this track, I’ll take it every week.”

Next article
Kyle Larson ends 75-race winless streak with Dover victory

Previous article

Kyle Larson ends 75-race winless streak with Dover victory

Next article

Playoff standings shaken up by Dover mechanical gremlins

Playoff standings shaken up by Dover mechanical gremlins
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Dover II
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Author Jim Utter