Hamlin’s ‘Best Effort’ Isn’t Enough In Phoenix Finale

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Denny Hamlin’s team put its “best effort forward” Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, but combined with a car that lacked speed, it wasn’t enough to deliver Hamlin a long-sought NASCAR Cup Series championship. Unfortunately for Hamlin, who won seven races this season, the caution never waved during the final segment. “We just didn’t have enough car potential for us,” Hamlin said. Sunday’s race capped off a two-year stretch for Hamlin where he won 13 races, tied with Kevin Harvick for the most of any driver in Cup, and made the Championship 4 both years. “[I’m] pretty proud what this team is doing and what we’re building towards,” Hamlin told NBC after the race.

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