Posts tagged: Loudon

Jul 01 2007

Denny Hamlin Wins His First COT Race, Finally

Denny Hamlin wins his first cot race
If there is one person other than Kyle Busch who has been frustrated with the COT, it has to be Denny Hamlin. I think they have had a shot to win about everyone of the car of tomorrow races, just had trouble closing. Today, they did it with a call for two tires when the others went with four, and it worked out good for the number 11 team. Jeff Gordon was coming hard but ran out of time after spending so much time trying to get by Martin Truex Jr. Had there been one more lap, it could’ve been Gordon winning this race, as it was, Hamlin thanked Jeff in victory lane, because he could’ve spun him out in that last turn to take the win from me. Hamlin won by less than a car length, .068 seconds in front of Gordon.

“You see Jeff coming and you’re trying your best to not be the guy who chokes at the end,” Hamlin said.

Last year’s top rookie had his hands full at the end, trying to keep his No. 11 Chevrolet out of the wall and ahead of Gordon’s No. 24.

“I was all over the track those last two laps,” he said. “I was basically just trying not to give up the bottom.” Source: Hamlin gambles for his first Car of Tomorrow victory

The first eight finishers were Chevy’s, Gibbs, Hendricks, DEI, DEI, and Hendricks filling out the top five.

Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter both failed post race inspection, both cars were too low in the front end, Nascar said penalties and fine could come later, but their finishes in the race would stand.

Here is how they finished:

1 11 11 Denny Hamlin
2 8 24 Jeff Gordon
3 9 1 Martin Truex Jr.
4 6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5 10 48 Jimmie Johnson
6 15 66 Jeff Green
7 25 31 Jeff Burton
8 7 29 Kevin Harvick
9 30 17 Matt Kenseth
10 12 12 Ryan Newman
11 18 5 Kyle Busch
12 14 20 Tony Stewart
13 22 99 Carl Edwards
14 4 70 Johnny Sauter
15 32 6 David Ragan
16 38 26 Jamie McMurray
17 16 7 Robby Gordon
18 31 43 Bobby Labonte
19 5 42 Juan Montoya
20 39 96 Tony Raines
21 2 2 Kurt Busch
22 19 18 J.J. Yeley
23 21 25 Casey Mears
24 41 14 Sterling Marlin
25 28 9 Kasey Kahne
26 3 41 Reed Sorenson
27 24 40 David Stremme
28 27 38 David Gilliland
29 1 22 Dave Blaney
30 42 88 Ricky Rudd
31 34 16 Greg Biffle
32 13 01 Regan Smith
33 23 19 Elliott Sadler
34 36 21 Bill Elliott
35 37 37 Kevin Lepage
36 43 49 Chad Chaffin
37 20 07 Clint Bowyer
38 17 00 David Reutimann
39 35 15 Paul Menard
40 29 36 Jeremy Mayfield
41 33 13 Joe Nemechek
42 40 45 John Andretti
43 26 4 Ward Burton

Sep 18 2006

First Chase for the Cup Race: Loudon

Kevin Harvick stayed on fire this weekend and Jeff Gordon made a big statement about their chances at winning a fifth championship, finishing third behind Harvick and Stewart. Here are the top five Sunday:

1 #29 Kevin Harvick
2 #20 Tony Stewart
3 #24 Jeff Gordon
4 #11 Denny Hamlin
5 #25 Brian Vickers

“Where are we? Fourth? Cool, I’ll take that,” Gordon said through a smile, before getting serious. “I think as bad as our run was at Richmond, it was pretty important for us to make some kind of statement [Sunday].

“I think we succeeded in making the statement that we needed to,” Letarte said. “I mean, we weren’t good up here last fall and we were average, at best, in [July] — and I was really not happy with our performance at either Richmond or Phoenix. Source: Nascar.com

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch both finished at the back of the pack, with both involved in race incidents that REALLY hurt their chances at winning the cup. As Johnson said before the race, you can’t win the cup here but you can sure lose it.

After separate crashes at Loudon, Busch is 146 points behind and Johnson trails by 139 as the Cup Series moves to Dover. Certainly Busch and Johnson believe they still can mount a charge and win the Cup at Homestead. Hey, no one said they were quitters.

The fact is no one has been able to bounce back from a triple-digit deficit after Race 1 of the Chase to finish better than third in the final point standings (chart at right). It’s a fact of the point system: Bad finishes do more to harm drivers’ title aspirations than victories do to boost those hopes. Source: Nascar.com

Only one way to find out, lets keep racing. Here are the standings as of now:

1 Kevin Harvick 5230 Leader
2 Denny Hamlin* 5195 -35
3 Matt Kenseth 5189 -41
4 Jeff Gordon 5180 -50
5 Jeff Burton 5166 -64
6 Mark Martin 5155 -75
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5149 -81
8 Kasey Kahne 5120 -110
9 Jimmie Johnson 5091 -139
10 Kyle Busch 5084 -146

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