Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin came home with a fourth-place finish Sunday in the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, the top-finishing JGR driver at the 2.5-mile track. His JGR teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth finished 12th and 26th, respectively.
Hamlin started on the pole in the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, racing in the top five for most of the day on his way to a second-straight top five finish this season.
“Really, uneventful day,” said Hamlin. “You just kind of end up wherever you end up on the race track and you try to do your best to hold back the guys behind you and try to make up a little ground in front of you. It was tough out there. We had great strategy and I’m proud of the Camry our FedEx Ground crew put under me this week.”
Busch qualified sixth in the No. 18 Peanut Butter M&Ms Toyota, but battled handling issues early in the race. With 19 laps to go, Busch made contact with the No. 5 of Kasey Kahne, resulting in repairs on pit road and a fresh set of tires. He restarted 29th with just 13 laps remaining, but moved his way through the field to come home with a 12th-place finish.
Kenseth began and ended his day in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the 26th position. An early-race incident with the No. 1 of Jamie McMurray resulted in a hole in the nose of the No. 20, creating aerodynamic issues for Kenseth. After going a lap down, he worked his way back onto the lead lap, but could only muster up a 26th-place finish.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Pocono 400, followed by Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch; Kyle Larson finished fifth.
The Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series head to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, June 13th through 15th. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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