It’s been a strange season for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin. Hamlin, who scored a win at Richmond Raceway, has not finished inside the top-10 in any other race this season.
Despite having one of the fastest cars at Dover Motor Speedway, it looks like he will fail to score a top-10 again, as he was involved in an accident with Cody Ware on lap 243 of Monday’s race.
The contact peeled the passenger side of Hamlin’s car.
HAMLIN & WARE WRECK!
After recovering from the loose wheel to 4th place, the No. 11 can't avoiding a spinning @CodyShaneWare and sustains major damage.#NASCAR pic.twitter.com/T5dhZyJfnW
— NASCAR on TSN (@NASCARonTSN) May 2, 2022
Hamlin won Stage 1 earlier in the day, and it looked like he had a car to contend for the win. Then, in the Stage break caution following Stage 1, the wheel flew off of Hamlin’s car on the exit of pit road.
Video: After Winning Stage One, Denny Hamlin Loses Left Front Wheel on Pit Road
Hamlin worked his way back inside the top-five after the pit road issue when he was swept up in this crash.