Kobalt 400
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Press Kit

Download the 2017 FedEx Racing press materials at http://www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, statistics and the 2017 crew roster.

Atlanta Recap:

Denny Hamlin finished 38th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway following a broken left-rear wheel hub on the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota on Lap 169, sending the team to the garage for lengthy repairs and relegating Hamlin to a 38th-place finish in the event won by Brad Keselowski. Hamlin felt something amiss with the #11 machine while running eighth late in the second stage of the race, and after an unscheduled stop for four tires, was forced to limp to the end of the second, falling to 27th. During the break, Hamlin came back to pit road for the crew to diagnose the issue, where they found the broken left-rear hub, and Hamlin went behind the wall for nearly 80 laps for repairs. Keselowski passed Kyle Larson with six laps to go for the win. Hamlin started 10th and ran among the leaders throughout the first stage, finishing eighth in the segment to earn an additional three championship points. Hamlin's finish dropped him to 19th in the NASCAR standings.

Las Vegas Preview:

The west coast swing begins this weekend as the Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday's 400-lap event. Hamlin remains winless at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, but has earned himself two top-five and five top-10 finishes in his past 11 starts, including a career-best third-place finish in 2007. Last year, Hamlin started the 267-lap event 9th and finished 19th after battling a tight FedEx Office Toyota Camry.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares:

This season, FedEx is tying the performance of the #11 FedEx Toyota on the track to its efforts to improve road safety through a new program, Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares, by donating $111 for each lap Hamlin leads and $11,000 for each race victory to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. FedEx will also contribute $111,000 to Safe Kids if the #11 team wins the 2017 NASCAR championship.

Race Info

Race Kobalt 400
Date/Time March 12/3:30 p.m. ET
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 20 degrees
2016 Winner Brad Keselowski

Hamlin Statistics

Track Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Races 11
Wins 0
Top-5 2
Top-10 5
Laps Led 14
Average Start 19.6
Average Finish 12.8

Hamlin Conversation - LAS VEGAS:

Is the FedEx Racing Team ready to head west?

"The past two races have obviously not ended how we wanted them to, so we're really going to push ourselves to turn things around at Las Vegas. Looking ahead to this west coast swing, I know we can be strong competitors, and we'll have an opportunity to earn some more points through the new stage-based format. There's still a lot of racing ahead, and our FedEx Office team is ready to move forward."

Woodlands, Texas, Team Along for the Ride at Las Vegas:

The FedEx Office Woodlands, Texas, team will be recognized this weekend by having its "1046" code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

2288 S Nellis Blvd.,
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 431-5076

#11 FedEx Racing - 2017 Crew Roster

Crew Chief - Mike "Wheels" Wheeler
Car Chief - Leo Thorsen
Engineers - Ryan Bowers, Sam McAulay
Shock Specialist - Drew Bible
Tire Specialist - Kerry Ferris
Mechanics - Tony Hamm, Scott Eldridge, Sean Kerlin
Spotter - Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer - Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier - Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer - Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier - Ben Fischbeck
Jack Man - Nate Bolling
Gas Man - Caleb Hurd
Transportation - Frank Hodel