SYLVANIA 300 – Pre Race Report
Denny Hamlin finished 33rd in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway after an engine failure with 20 laps remaining ended the night early for the #11 FedEx Racing team. Hamlin started 22nd in the 267-lap event and quickly worked into the top-15 after the first pair of pit stops. Rain showers came on Lap 109 with Hamlin in 14th position, delaying the race for more than five hours. When the race resumed, Hamlin and crew chief Darian Grubb used various pit strategies to move the #11 machine into the top-10, where Hamlin settled in as the laps clicked, battling a loose condition on corner entry. A pair of late race cautions and restarts shuffled Hamlin back a few spots before the engine let go on Lap 247, forced Hamlin to the garage for the remainder of the night. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth was victorious.
New Hampshire Preview
The Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday's 300-lap event at the flat, one-mile track. Hamlin is the defending race winner at New Hampshire, driving up from a 32nd-place starting position to dominate the event, leading 193 of 300 laps en route to his series-best fifth victory of the 2012 season. Hamlin qualified 32nd after an error in tire pressures prior to his lap, but after the green flag drop, wasted no time moving to the front. It took just 91 laps to pass 31 cars and take the lead, and only a handful of cautions in the final two-thirds of the race could slow the #11 FedEx machine down. Hamlin has two wins and 10 top-10 finishes in 15 career starts at New Hampshire, and has completed all but two laps in his career at the track (4,468 of 4,470).
FedEx SmartPost Minneapolis Along for the Ride in Loudon:
A team at the FedEx SmartPost Minneapolis hub will be recognized with the letters "FXSP" on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The team's award-winning quality improvement improved efficiency while helping to make every customer experience outstanding.
FedEx Racing Conversation – Denny HamlinWas last year's #11 car at New Hampshire the best you have had in your career?
"Certainly, it was one of the best cars I have ever had. New Hampshire is a short, flat track and one of my favorite tracks to race on. It really suits my style. Darian brought two really great cars to New Hampshire last year and we could've swept both races. We had our work cut out for us coming up through the field, but it was a fun race and a great win for our FedEx team. Hopefully we can go back this weekend and have similar success."