“I don’t know that we had the best car, we definitely had a top-three car all day. Just went and got it there at the end,” said Hamlin. “I saw the 4 (Kevin Harvick) get loose and usually when you’re loose, you’re not able to run up high. That was a benefit for us to be able to get that momentum going. The pit crew did an amazing job getting us out there ahead of everyone else that had four tires. Proud of this whole FedEx team. We’ve had a rough three weeks. We were leading at Indy when we blew a tire and this team is really hitting on all cylinders right now.”
Hamlin was followed to the line closely by teammate Martin Truex Jr. who finished the race in the third spot. “We were catching them, I just needed more time,” he said. “I don’t know, every time we got the lead, the caution would come out and guys with two tires (in front of us) and we would be sixth or seventh and battle our way back. That was really the difference tonight. Every time we got the lead, we gave it up on strategy and then had to battle back. At the end, ultimately, we just ran out of time.”
Erik Jones (fifth) also finished inside the top-five. Kyle Busch ran 11th, Daniel Suárez 18th and Christopher Bell was scored 23rd to complete Team Toyota.
The NASCAR Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday August 2. Coverage begins at 3 PM ET on NBCSN and can be heard on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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Source: Toyota Racing