Quaker State 400
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Download the 2016 FedEx Racing press materials at www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, statistics and the 2016 crew roster.

Coke Zero 400 (Daytona) Recap:

Denny Hamlin finished 17th in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in the #11 FedEx Toyota, after he brushed the wall with five laps to go in the race won by Brad Keselowski. After starting ninth and leading the race twice for a total of seven laps, the reigning Daytona 500 Champion lined up sixth for a restart with six laps to go. As the field raced off of Turn 4 following the restart, Hamlin had to take evasive action in the tight quarters and ran out of racing room, scraping the wall with the right-side of the FedEx Toyota. The jockeying for position unsettled the cars behind and Carl Edwards hit the wall, bringing out the final caution and sending the race to overtime. The right-side damage to the #11 forced Hamlin to pit for repairs during the yellow, dropping him to 23rd for the overtime restart. With just two green flag laps to work with, Hamlin went three-wide to the outside and maneuvered the FedEx Toyota to 17th at the checkered flag. The finish moved Hamlin up one spot to 10th in the NASCAR standings after 17 of 26 regular season races.

Kentucky Preview:

The Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night's 400-mile event on the newly-repaved 1.5-mile oval. Hamlin is making his sixth career Cup Series start at the track this weekend, and has posted a pair of top-five finishes in five previous events on the old, bumpy surface. His best finishes of third came in 2012 as well as one year ago, when he started eighth and finished third behind teammate and winner Kyle Busch.

Race Info

Race Quaker State 400
Date/Time July 9/7:30 p.m. ET
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
2015 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kentucky
Races 5
Wins 0
Top-5 2
Top-10 2
Average Start 9.4
Average Finish 18.8
Laps Led 76

Hamlin Conversation (Kentucky)

What are your expectations with the new racing surface at Kentucky this weekend?

"We have typically seen over the years that races right after the repave come down to a lot of strategy and track position. These cars are so fast and the new surface has so much grip, that we have to run such a hard tire, making it very difficult on the drivers. I think we'll see a lot of that again this weekend, and hopefully our FedEx Freight team has a good qualifying effort and stays ahead of the strategy throughout the night."

Nashville Service Center Along for the Ride in Kentucky


For the Quaker State 400, at the Kentucky Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company's Nashville, Tenn., service center by featuring the call letters "NAS" on the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota. The Nashville service center, opened in 1986, has approximately 460 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to Kentucky Speedway


7901 Mall Rd., Ste 700
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 746-0561

#11 FedEx Racing - 2016 Crew Roster

Crew Chief - Mike "Wheels" Wheeler
Car Chief - Leo Thorsen
Engineers - Matt Beckman, Sam McAuley
Shock Specialist - Drew Bible
Tire Specialist - Kerry Ferris
Mechanics - Troy Welty, John Furino, Sean Kerlin
Spotter - Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry
Jack Man: Nate Bolling
Gas Man: Caleb Hurd
Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa
Athletic Director: Mike Lepp
Transportation - Frank Hodel, David Ott