He was right in there battling for the championship until some bad luck at Martinsville, a race where he was expected to win. His 33rd place finish took him out of contention. Denny Hamlin finished the year with five wins, 14 top five and 17 top ten finishes. He led 1226 laps. His season was only three wins short of matching his season from 2011. For comparison purposes, Brad Keselowski had five wins, 13 top five, and 23 top ten finishes. If Denny could improve the races he finished bad in he would have been right there.
Denny said, “These championships are won — it’s almost the last man standing in the sense of you can’t have a bad race or it will knock you out.”
Denny Hamlin and his No 11 FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing team is back. Denny is looking forward to having former champion Matt Kenseth as a teammate. Denny said,