NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty believes that the JGR team can be disappointed after Homestead-Miami Speedway. Although Christopher Bell was great and took the win, it seems that their two remaining drivers, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.
will not continue their adventure. The next race could confirm that. However, there is no need to prejudge anything, given that everything is possible in NASCAR. Petty pointed out three things that could cause the JGR team to be disappointed.
“A horrendous day for Joe Gibbs Racing even though Christopher Bell wins the race. Two of their contenders, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr., they were gonna be good in points and all of a sudden within one lap, from Lap 236 to 237, both eliminated.
Denny Hamlin breaks something going into Turn 1 and eliminates his day, gets in the wall. Martin Truex has engine failure. Now Martin Truex had a horrendous day on pit road, and that’s what put him in a bad position all day long.
The third thing that happened bad for Joe Gibbs Racing is Christopher Bell wins the race because that puts Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex at a deficit of minus 17. If Ryan Blaney or someone else won the race, it was a little bit tighter.
Best-case scenario, Kyle Larson wins the race”. - Petty said.
Denny Hamlin was disappointed at the end of the race. He is aware that he must excel in Martinsville and achieve victory. It's not the first time Hamlin has found himself in this kind of situation, but he's still an optimist.
The experience could decide in these kinds of races. “I pretty much got to win. We were in this situation last year and we dominated the race [at Martinsville before finishing fifth]. I felt like the last two years in a row we dominated the fall race… It’s disappointing, but that’s the format.
You know if you have one bad race, especially in the Round of 8, you’re cooked and what you did for the first 35 races just doesn’t matter. ”- Hamlin said. Source: on3.com