It didn’t work out in the end for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title contender Denny Hamlin in last month’s season finale at Homestead.
Unfortunately for him, the bad luck has continued in Las Vegas.
Hamlin was one of the 16 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers that took part in today’s NASCAR “Victory Lap” parade down the Strip.
In addition to rolling down the famous boulevard in their race cars, the Chasers went on donut-making duty by doing burnouts at two “stations” near the Palazzo and the Aria.
But Hamlin ended up only making one set of burnouts. As the drivers made their way to the second burnout station, the NASCAR.com stream of the parade passed along word that he had lost the engine on his No. 11 Toyota Camry.
Hamlin later tweeted a photo of his car being hooked up to go onto the back of a truck.
One figures that fixing the motor now goes on the ‘to-do’ list back at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in North Carolina.
Several fans in attendance – including some riding along as passengers with the drivers themselves – also got their own shots of Hamlin’s stricken Toyota:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.