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.
Denny Hamlin finished 15th in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the freshly paved 1.5-mile Kentucky Motor Speedway, unable to make up track position during the 267-lap event won by Brad Keselowski. Hamlin started 10th and fought with the balance on the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota throughout the race, and adjustments by the FedEx team on pit road never brought the car to life. After pitting for right-side tires and fuel, Hamlin lined up 11th for the final restart with 67 laps to go, 10 laps later crew chief Mike Wheeler told Hamlin to start saving fuel. Hamlin pulled the reins back on the #11 and slipped to 20th while managing fuel consumption. As cars ahead pitted for a splash of fuel, Hamlin began picking up spots, but it wouldn't be enough as the leaders slowed the race pace enough to make it to the end on fuel, resulting in the 15th place finish for Hamlin. Hamlin dropped one spot to 11th in the NASCAR standings after 18 of 26 regular season races.
New Hampshire Preview:
The Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday's 301-lap event on the flat, one-mile oval. Hamlin is a two-time winner at the "Magic Mile," capturing the checkered flag in 2007 and again in 2012. He owns a series-best 10.2 average finish in 20 starts at NHMS, and has led 490 laps in his career at the track, and owns 12 top-10 finishes.
|Race||New Hampshire 301|
|Date/Time||July 17/1:30 p.m. ET|
|Distance||301 laps/301 miles|
|Track Length||1 mile|
|2015 Winner||Kyle Busch|
How do you approach this weekend's race knowing that the Series will return to New Hampshire in the Chase?
"Obviously, a big part of what we'll do this weekend is to try some things that might help us when we return in September during the Chase. Our FedEx team tested at New Hampshire earlier this year, so it gave us a little bit of a head start on some other teams in terms of working on setups and different changes to help the car turn in the center of the corner. We'll certainly give everything we can to get the win on Sunday, but also establish a good baseline for the Chase."
Los Angeles Metro Along for the Ride in Loudon
The FedEx Office location inside the Intercontinental in Miami, a leading store in the company's President's Club program, will be recognized with its "5613" code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
FedEx Office – Closest to New Hampshire Speedway
210 Ft. Eddy Rd.
Concord, NH 03301
#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