June 19, 2011 on TNT
Hamlin wins the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at MIS
Mich. -- Denny Hamlin’s declaration this
time last year was clear, simple and undeniable: “All
we do is win.”
bold proclamation came after he captured the NASCAR Sprint
Cup race at Michigan International Speedway last June,
his fifth of what would be a total of eight triumphs in
2010. It was also his second victory in a row and fourth
in the previous eight races.
Hamlin’s bravado this season has been relegated
to the back seat with no victories; his mantra more like,
“All we do is come close.”
found his groove again Sunday winning the Heluva Good!
Sour Cream Dips 400 for the second consecutive year. His
last three finishes in Michigan have been first, second
in August and first again today when he edged Matt Kenseth
by 0.281 seconds – about four car lengths.
knows that we’ve been strong and today we didn’t
look as strong as we normally do here, but we got it working
there at the end,” Hamlin stated after his 17th
career Sprint Cup win. “We made a magic adjustment
and the car just took off. This is the point of the season
where we really need to start hitting our stride. Hopefully
we’ll have another good 10 weeks before the Chase
has been good but not quite good enough, according to
his own perspective. He now has five Top-10 finishes and
four top-five finishes and went from 12th to ninth in
the Sprint Cup point standings.
Hamlin dominated the June race at MIS last year he had
his hands full and his rearview mirror bursting with images
of Kenseth following a restart with five laps remaining
following a brief yellow caution period instigated by
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s second scrape with the wall.
tried to pass Hamlin on the high side on the last lap
and when that didn’t work he tried a low route,
but that came up short, also.
had a really fast car and thought we had a good chance
to win today,” said Kenseth. “I got a bad
restart at the end and I got back to Denny but I couldn’t
get around him. We were kind of slow for about 10 laps
on each restart and then it seemed like we were the best
car from 10 until we needed fuel. I just didn’t
have enough time to get around him. I tried everything
I could and I just couldn’t figure out how to do
costly restart snafu late in the race cost Kyle Busch
an opportunity at victory, but his third-place finish
gave Joe Gibbs Racing two of the top-three finishing positions.
didn’t have a great day with that restart but we
turned it into a pretty good one,” Kyle Busch said.
11 team (Hamlin) really, really helped us a lot last week
(Busch finished third at Pocono) and I feel we helped
the 11 team a little bit this week. It just goes to show
we’re doing something right and we’re able
to share information, which is good.”
with a pair of wall scrapes finished 21st, but maintained
third place in the points chase. Rick Hendrick teammate
Mark Martin caused one of Earnhardt’s wall bangers.
defining moment in the race for me probably was getting
run into the wall by Mark,” a very dejected Earnhardt
said. “We had fixed the car, we were moving forward
and we were doing pretty well at that point, but, you
can’t do nothing about getting run over or getting
run into the wall.”
ran strong over the first half of the race and appeared
to be a contender for the victory, his first since winning
at MIS in June of 2008.
said, “I don’t have a history of having problems
and I don’t think I have one now. I think we’ll
get it sorted out. I feel like I give everybody on the
race track respect. I made a mistake.”
defending champion Jimmy Johnson also had his difficulties,
coming quickly and decisively. He spun out just eight
laps into the race, had to have a sway bar replaced, fell
two laps behind and couldn’t make it up, finishing
27th. It dropped him from second in the points race to
got turned around early and ground the sway bar off the
right front and we lost a couple laps from that and were
just kind of in a hole at that point and couldn’t
get caught back up. It’s just part of it,”
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