Texas – Pre Race Report
Denny Hamlin finished seventh in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, recording his second top-10 finish in the last three races with a solid performance in the specially-wrapped #11 FedEx One Rate Toyota. Hamlin qualified on the pole for Sunday's 500-lap event -- his series-leading fifth pole of the season -- and led the first two circuits of the race before sliding back to fifth as he battled a tight race car during the first run. Hamlin sustained a bit of damage after being collected in a mid-race incident, but quickly worked back into the top-10 and back into the lead on Lap 339 for another 12 laps. A series of late-race incidents bunched the field, with the preferred inside line moving on restarts. Hamlin, a four-time Martinsville winner, crossed the finish line seventh behind winner Jeff Gordon.
The Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's 334-lap event at the 1.5-mile oval outside Fort Worth. Hamlin is making his 16th-career Texas start this weekend and first since last November after a back injury forced him to miss the April event at the track. Hamlin has two wins and eight top-10 finishes at Texas, sweeping both races there in 2010. Brian Vickers drove the #11 FedEx Toyota to an eighth-place finish in his first start for the team in the spring race at Texas, driving up from a 15th-place starting position. Hamlin will also participate in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Thousand Oaks, Calif., Along for the Ride in Texas:
The FedEx Office location in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is a leading store in the company's President's Club program and will be recognized with its "5024" code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
FedEx Racing Conversation – Denny HamlinDo you think the team can build on its recent momentum this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway?
"Texas will be a pretty good barometer for our FedEx team to see the progress we have made over the last few weeks to get back to running where we should be. We made some strides and got a top-10 finish the last time we were one a mile-and-a-half track at Charlotte, and hopefully we can back that up this weekend. Our team recently tested at Texas and found some things that we think will work for this weekend. It will be good to get more track time by running the Nationwide Series race since I wasn't in the car at Texas in April, regain that comfort level and go out on Sunday knowing we can take some chances to go for a win."