Charlotte – Pre Race Report
Denny Hamlin piloted the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota to a 23rd place finish in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. Starting the day in the 10th position and reaching as high as second place, pit strategy and caution flags down the stretch did not go in the FedEx team's favor in a race that featured 15 yellow flags. Kevin Harvick claimed the checkered flag after starting the day on the pole. Hamlin worked the FedEx car to fourth place by lap 90 of 267 when the car's handling started to loosen. Wedge and track bar adjustments on the subsequent two pit stops helped keep the No. 11 FedEx machine running in the top-10. A caution flag on lap 155 brought Hamlin to pit lane for four tires and fuel. Much of the field made the decision to stay out, leaving the FedEx team in 26th place when green flag racing returned. Fifteen laps later, the FedEx team was able to reap the benefits of the early pit stop. As the remaining cars pitted under caution, Hamlin kept the No. 11 car on the track and moved into second place behind Logano. Despite a tightening race car, Hamlin maintained a top-10 position until being forced to pit under caution on lap 217. Taking four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, the No. 11 returned to the pack having fallen to 31st place. Needing the race to stay green until stops cycled through, the caution came out once again with Hamlin one lap down.
The Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday night's 500-mile event on the 1.5-mile oval. Hamlin is making his 17th career Cup Series start at Charlotte on Saturday, and has posted nine career top-10 finishes in 16 events at the track, including six-straight top-10 finishes in the last six Charlotte races. Earlier this year, Hamlin set the track qualifying record when he qualified on the pole for May's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, a race that he led six laps in before a fourth place finish.
Ontario, Canada Along for the Ride in Kansas:
The FedEx Ground Ontario district will be recognized for outstanding service quality with its district code "ONTO" on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Ontario district, part of FedEx Ground's North American operations based out of the Toronto hub, comprises the Ontario province as well as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
FedEx Racing Conversation – Denny HamlinHow can you turn the consistency the team has shown at Charlotte into your first career win at the track?
"Charlotte has been one of our more consistent tracks over the past couple years. We have been fortunate to bring fast cars there and get good qualifying positions to try to stay up front in the races. We need that again on Saturday night. Charlotte is going to be fast and fun under the lights, and hopefully we have a car that can compete for the win when it gets down to the end."