NASCAR

Hamlin deals with race slipping away

Denny Hamlin talks about his 2nd place finish at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.
Denny Hamlin talks about his 2nd place finish at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.
Share This Story

Lee Spencer

Lee Spencer is the Senior NASCAR Writer for FOXSports.com. She has provided award-winning coverage of auto racing over the last 15 years. Spencer has lent her expertise to both television and radio and is a regular contributor to SiriusXM Radio and the Performance Racing Network. Follow her on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 

LOUDON, NH

For Denny Hamlin, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Lenox Industrial Tools 301 was his for the taking – until the caution flag flew for oil on the track on Lap 235.

Burn 'em up

Kahne storms to win as others endure setbacks.PHOTOS

Hamlin, who had led five times for a total of 150 laps at that juncture in Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, pitted with the leaders. However, crew chief Darian Grubb misunderstood the radio communication from Hamlin and thought his driver desired tires.

As the cars came onto pit road, the 12 drivers behind Hamlin all opted for two-tire stops. Hamlin’s crew called for four tires.

“Holy (crap),” Hamlin exclaimed. “What happened?”

Over the next 37 laps, Hamlin passed 11 cars and the silence from his end of the radio was deafening. Despite a bonsai move on the penultimate lap, he couldn’t catch winner Kasey Kahne, who extended his lead by 2.738 seconds at the finish.

“That was 100 percent my fault there, miscommunication — sorry about that,” Grubb radioed to Hamlin. “You did one hell of a job making it up to us, bud.”

For Hamlin, the apology offered little consolation.

“I don’t give a (crap) about that,” Hamlin said. “I (expletive) had 'em.”

Hamlin settled for second place in the race and gained two positions in the points standings.

He found solace in the overall strength of the team and knowing how strong the No. 11 car will be when the team returns to New Hampshire in September for the second race of the Chase.

“You’re going to have days like this, it’s just part of racing,” Hamlin said. “That’s why it’s such a team spot. It’s the pit crew, the driver, the car, the crew chief, all those things put together. We just had a slight miscommunication; that one little mistake will magnify and take a win away from you.

“We’re going to take this and know when we come back, when it really counts in a few months, we’re going to have something pretty strong.”

Tagged: Denny Hamlin

More Stories From Lee Spencer

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NASCAR Videos

Larry’s Notebook: Is Jimmie Johnson Behind the Curve? Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Larry McReynolds weighs in on whether or not the No. 48 will be at a disadvantag...

Larry’s Notebook: Off-Week Blues Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Larry McReynolds weighs in on which teams will benefit the most from the week of...

Winner's Weekend: Brad Keselowski Unstoppable at Loudon Posted: Jul 15, 2014
The biggest issue the No. 2 team faced at Loudon was where to hide the champagne...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Danica_Patrick/browse/featuredproduct/974547/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_974000/ff_974547_xl.jpg&w=100 26.95 Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal
    Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Kyle_Busch/browse/featuredproduct/1011659/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011659_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Matt_Kenseth/browse/featuredproduct/1011661/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011661_xl.jpg&w=100 9.99 Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Carl_Edwards/browse/featuredproduct/1041164/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1041000/ff_1041164_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash