Denny Hamlin didn't receive the homecoming he had hoped for at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
The Virginia native entered the weekend third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 20 points behind then-leader Brad Keselowski.
However, although he fought back from several setbacks in the race, Hamlin couldn't overcome electrical issues.
"It's going (expletive) haywire," Hamlin radioed in a panic on Lap 375 of the 500. In 13 laps he dropped to 15th and off of the lead lap. By Lap 391, Hamlin said his gauges were black. Two circuits later, Hamlin lost power completely on the frontstretch, forcing NASCAR to call a caution to remove the No. 11 car from the track.
"The master switch -- the bolt broke off of it and for whatever reason it shut the car off," Hamlin said. "I don't know -- bad luck. I don't know, it's frustrating. You can't put any blame on anyone on this.
"Just the little things that get us. I've been in these Chases for seven years and I've had my fair share of electrical...