Playoff driver struggling to stay on the lead lap after a pit road penalty

After being caught speeding on pit road, Denny Hamlin dropped from 7th to 37th place. He fought back to just outside the top 10, but still had the leaders breathing down his neck as stage 2 came to a close.

Staying on the lead lap was imperative to keep his championship hopes alive and when stage two ended, he had just barely survived. Now, the caution between stages will allow him to regroup and try to make a run in the final stage.

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