Joe Gibbs Racing suffers bitter disappointment at Dover

DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  The #11 FedEx Cares Toyota crew works to repair the car, driven by Denny Hamlin, after an on-track incident during the late stages of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

DOVER, DE – MAY 31: The #11 FedEx Cares Toyota crew works to repair the car, driven by Denny Hamlin, after an on-track incident during the late stages of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Entering into the weekend at Dover it seemed that the four cars belonging to Joe Gibbs Racing would be the ones to beat. As it turned out, Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks was utter disaster.  It started out very well for the teams. Friday Denny Hamlin won the pole, his third at Dover, with a lap of 160.121 nearly one mile per hour faster than the second place starter.

The rest of the teams had good qualifying efforts as well. Matt Kenseth started fourth, Carl Edwards eighth and Kyle Busch tenth.  Hamlin led the practice sessions on Saturday and many in the NASCAR garage tabbed Hamlin to score his first Dover victory.

Sunday that prediction seemed to be coming true. Hamlin took the lead from pole and went on to lead the second most laps of the race, 188 of the 400. While Hamlin was in charge however his teammates began to suffer issues. The trouble started for Edwards. On lap 164 during the races second caution Edwards who was leading under yellow at the time, pitted and left with a wrench in the back window. A crewmember made valiant effort to retrieve it taking a fall in the process, but the tube that guides the wrench was jutting out and he was forced back in for repairs.  He was nailed for speeding on pit road by NASCAR, and restarted deep in the field. He was never able to rally back and finished 19th, three laps down.

“We had a couple problems on pit lane, but the biggest problem was my speeding,” Edwards said. MORE>>>

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