Denny Hamlin has not yet won a race in 2018, but the strength they showed in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a sign that speed is building in the No. 11.
“They haven’t had the speed to really go out and contend consistently to win races, but last night it looked like to me they had that speed,” Jeff Burton said on Monday’s edition of NASCAR America.
Hamlin finished fifth in the Coke 600, which was his third consecutive top-10 finish on an unrestricted track. That comes on the heels of three straight races outside that mark, but the poor finishes were partly caused by mistakes on pit road.
“What impressed me about Denny was that – and I’ve noticed this about Denny even though we get on him for speeding on pit road and those kinds of things – when Denny gets in the back, he does a great job of getting himself back to the front. And last night, I was really impressed with the speed of this 11 car. They went to the back and he drove up through the field with a lot of pace.”
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