Late cost got here ‘a little bit bit too late’ – Hamlin
Denny Hamlin shaved off an enormous chunk of his deficit to the race lead however ran out of time to problem his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate for the race win Sunday evening at Richmond Raceway.
Hamlin completed second to Martin Truex Jr. by 1.4s within the Federated Auto Elements 400 Salute to First Responders. Hamlin swept each levels and led a race-high 197 of 400 laps. In the long run, Hamlin famous that two laps may need been the distinction in attending to Truex.
“That’s actually what I wanted,” Hamlin stated. “We bought a little bit bit off monitor with our automobile in the course of the race, however there, ultimately, we positively made the proper changes and was coming. Just a bit bit too late.”
Regardless of arising quick, Hamlin has been the perfect driver within the first two playoff races. Earlier than his runner-up effort at Richmond, Hamlin gained the opening race at Darlington. Between each races, Hamlin has led 343 laps and gained three of the 4 levels.
“Properly, it’s go time now,” Hamlin stated of the No. 11 group. “Finally, it’s time the place you’ve bought to carry your greatest. All JGR groups had quick automobiles for all of us at the moment, and I actually want we’d have gotten two in a row, however regardless, nonetheless an incredible day for our group.”