Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the rain-delayed, rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, a race that saw two “big ones” and found Hamlin’s teammate Kyle Busch on his roof for a period of time.
Hamlin drove the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry to finish behind first-time winner and former JGR development driver Aric Almirola, Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch, Casey Mears and rookie Austin Dillon. Matt Kenseth, who led once for 12 laps, drove the No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Tools Toyota to a 20th-place finish, one lap down. Busch, in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, was involved in the second “big one” of the race after Greg Biffle got into Kasey Kahne, who spun and collected 26 cars. Busch was initially on his wheels until Cole Whitt plowed into the side of his Toyota and flipped him over.
Busch, who walked away from the wreck after the safety crew got him back on his wheels, managed to bring a little levity to the situation, responding he was “just hanging out” when his crew checked on his condition.
Darrell Wallace Jr. picked up a seventh-place finish Friday night in the Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide Series race. It was Wallace Jr.’s second race of the season for JGR, and first with Share a Coke sponsorship on the No. 20 Toyota Camry. Busch finished 17th in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, while Elliott Sadler finished 21st in the No. 11 SportClips Toyota.
Kasey Kahne won the race, his first Nationwide Series win since 2007. Regan Smith, Ryan Sieg, Ryan reed and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five at Daytona.
The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series head to New England for next weekend’s racing action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Friday through Sunday, July 11th through 13th. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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