Denny Hamlin got to appreciate being a spectator for once. The NASCAR driver took advantage of a momentary delay in the Autotrader EchoPark 500. Instead, he attended a different sport altogether and watched Game Five of the MLB World Series.
In an Instagram story, Hamlin posted a picture of himself from the sidelines at the game. He captioned the story with, “No race because of rain? Bummer. Guess I’ll check out a game in town.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays are competing in the multi-game series in Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Hamlin didn’t reveal which team he was rooting for. But the Dodgers took victory four to two score. They lead by one game going into Game Six.
Denny Hamlin Struggled in the NASCAR Autotrader EchoPark 500 Due to Weather
Hamlin was supposed to be racing in the Cup Series at the Kansas Speedway. But a thunderstorm caused the event to be rained out before it could finish, according to Front Stretch.
During the race, Hamlin’s position fluctuated between fourth place and 28th. Hamlin spun off the track due to the wet conditions. Meanwhile, rival driver Kevin Harvick hit a wall. Both were taken out of commission momentarily. Harvick complained about conditions on the track after his crash. Several other drivers followed Harvick’s lead, according to Essentially Sports.
Afterward, officials flew a yellow caution flag, signaling unsafe driving conditions. Both Hamlin and Harvick struggled to regain their momentum afterward. Conditions on the track didn’t improve as precipitation worsened. Officials decided to post-pone the event 55 laps in for the drivers’ safety.
Hamlin managed to climb back to 15th place before officials red-flagged the event due to weather. Currently, driver Clint Bowyer is leading the race.
The Autotrader EchoPark 500 will resume on Monday (Oct. 26). Both Hamlin and Harvick face a challenge to make it back to the front of the pack in the race.