Denny Hamlin (third) drove his Toyota Camry to a top-five finish in the NASCAR Cup Series race on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday evening.
Toyota Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt
Race 7 of 36 – 125 miles, 250 laps
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, Joey Logano*
2nd, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.*
3rd, DENNY HAMLIN
4th, Daniel Suarez*
5th, Ryan Newman*
17th, KYLE BUSCH
19th, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
26th, TY DILLON
27th, BUBBA WALLACE
31st, MIKE MARLAR
34th, CHRISTOPHER BELL
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
Did the damage play a factor in trying to chase down Joey Logano for the win?
“Probably, I couldn’t see a whole lot. I was kind of guessing, but I thought I could – on that last restart – run the top-end hard, but they didn’t prep it in-between cautions like they did before, so it was just marbles up there. I’m proud of this whole FedEx Camry team. Man, I thought I had a shot there. I cut the 22 (Joey Logano) too many breaks there when he was cutting us off, but at the end of the day it looked like he had a little bit better car in the long run. I’m proud of this whole team. We are third-best again.”
How did you get your dirt experience to finish third in today’s race?
“I watch a lot of TV and that’s about the only thing I could do there. Really had the top ripping there for a couple laps and that was my opportunity to get the 22 (Joey Logano). Ran him back down and then just kind of stalled out there behind him. I went back to the top and jumped the cushion, got a bunch of damage and that was all she wrote. All effort there.”
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Irwin Trade Strong Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 34th
What happened during the accident that ended your day?
“I was just trying to run the water in under yellow. I knew it was a little bit slick, but I felt like I could go up there and make some time and I kind of entered shallow underneath of it and tried to pick it up on exit and it was just really greasy up there. I hate it for all of our partners – IRWIN Tools, PristineAuction.com, Toyota, TRD. That was a lot of fun, being able to be out there for that first run was really cool and hate it that I can’t be out there longer.”
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