Download the 2018 FedEx Racing press materials at http://www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.
Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team battled their way to a fifth-place finish in Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. Fighting an ill-handling FedEx Toyota throughout most of the race, Hamlin and the team never gave up and used a flurry of late-race cautions to gain track position to notch their fifth top-five of the season. Hamlin started the 400-mile event sixth and soon reported that the #11 was too tight in the beginning and became too loose as the tires wore. Despite fast pit stops by the FedEx crew, Hamlin could not get the car up to speed on restarts and with a lack of cautions, Hamlin became mired in the field, running outside the top-10 for much of the race. The FedEx team’s big break came when the yellow flag flew with just 20 laps to go. The caution forced a variety of strategies that saw some of the leaders pit. Hamlin took advantage of the situation and stayed out, catapulting the FedEx car from ninth in the running order to fourth. Following a wreck with nine laps remaining, Hamlin lined up fourth for the final restart and fought hard to maintain the spot, but Kyle Larson had fresher tires and took advantage of the enhanced grip to pass Hamlin with two laps remaining.
All-Star Race Preview:
Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team return home to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race where drivers will be vying for a $1 million first-place prize. This year’s 80-lap exhibition race will again include four Stages (30/20/20/10 laps) with only green-flag laps counting during the final 10-lap segment. A new rules package including restrictor plates and 6-inch high spoilers has been introduced for the 2018 event, which will promote passing and tight competition.
Hamlin looks to revisit All-Star victory lane since his last trip there in 2015. In 11 All-Star starts, he has collected eight top-10 finishes, including a 10th-place finish in last year's event following a late-race wreck that forced him to retire with only two laps remaining.
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 2018 NASCAR championship. New for the 2018 season, the Denny Hamlin Foundation will also match the total donation to Safe Kids Worldwide.
After 12 regular season races, Hamlin has led 226 laps resulting in an $25,086 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.
|Race||Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race|
|Date/Time||Saturday, May 19/6 p.m. ET|
|Format||80 laps; 4 Stages (30/20/20/10 laps)|
|Track Length||1.5 mile|
|2017 Winner||Kyle Busch|
|Track||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
Without any points on the line, are you approaching the All-Star Race differently than you would a regular season event?
“Obviously the first-place prize makes things a little more exciting, and you can expect every driver to lay it all on line to win it. It will be interesting to see how the new rules package will affect competition, but one thing’s for sure -- we’ll still need to be up front for that last 10-lap segment where track position is everything.”
FedEx Express USCA station in West Columbia, SC, Along for the Ride at Charlotte:
FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s USCA station in West Columbia, SC, for their outstanding customer service and involvement in the local community by featuring the call letters “USCA” on the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway:
7741 Gateway Lane NW,