NSCS: FedEx 400 Mid-Race Report


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DOVER, Del. — At the mid way point of the FedEx 400 it has been 60% Denny Hamlin and 40% Martin Truex. Truex, who is currently leading the race, has let for 84 laps while Hamlin has been at the point for 110. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards have each led three laps at the cross flags.

During the first 100 laps of the race it was Hamlin showing the way for 41 of them. Truex took the look as he moved by the No. 11 machine as both drivers were in lap traffic. Truex was the leader for the next 35 lasp until a caution came out debris in turn 1 of the track.

After getting four tires and two cans of Sonoco Racing fuel, Hamlin, who has the first the first pit stall won the race off pit road followed by Truex, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson.

The duo to Team Penske drivers – Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski – were happy to see the caution come out for two different reasons. For Logano, he had a right rear tire going flat while Keselowski was about to get lapped by the leader.

The 74 laps of green flag racing was the longest green flag run to start a race all season.

Jimmie Johnson was the biggest gainer in the first green flag run as he rolled off the starting grid 14th.

The second slow-up of the day when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in a single car accident in turn 1.

At lap 176, Trevor Bayne, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier were involved in a hug crash down the frontstretch of the race track. Bayne started to spin and as he did so, he collected Allgaier and Annett. All three cars sustain significant damage with Bayne getting the worst of the deal. The front end his No. 6 AdvoCare machine hit the inside wall of the self-clearing track smashing the front end of his car while Allgaier sustained left front was damage; both drivers went to the garage. Annett sustained rear damage but didn’t have to go to the garage.

In the first 200 laps we had three cautions for a total of 19 laps.

Truex is looking to earn his first win of the year and snap his 68 race winless streak.

Only 200 more laps to determine today’s winner.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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