Cheez-It 355 At The Glen
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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.

Pocono Recap:

Denny Hamlin finished seventh in Monday's rain-postponed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, posting his 10th top-10 of the season in the #11 FedEx Toyota. Rookie Chris Buescher was declared the winner after the race cut short by 22 laps due to a fog bank that blanketed the 2.5-mile speedway. Hamlin lined up eighth for the final restart with 51 laps to go and made a bold three-wide pass in Turn 1 to move up to seventh. With enough fuel to make it to the checkers, the FedEx team was poised to challenge the leaders for the win. However, the unanticipated fog moved in quickly and was too thick for the race to continue, foiling the team's hopes. Hamlin started fourth and immediately jumped up to third before falling back to 17th after Paul Menard had a transmission issue directly in front of Hamlin on a restart. Hamlin spent the next 60 laps mired in the field, just inside the top-20. Hamlin's day began to turn around at the halfway point in the race when crew chief Mike Wheeler made a strategic call to stay out during a caution to gain track position.

Watkins Glen Preview:

The Series heads to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for the second and final road course race of the season. Hamlin has four top-10 finishes in 10 previous starts at the 2.45-mile, 11-turn circuit. Earlier this year, Hamlin led 33 laps and finished second in the previous road course race at Sonoma Raceway, matching his best-career road course finish set at Watkins Glen in 2007.

Race Info

Race Cheez-It 355
Date/Time Aug. 7/2:30 p.m. ET
Distance 90 laps/220.5 miles
Track Length 2.45 Miles
Track Shape 11-turn Road Course
2015 Winner Joey Logano

Hamlin Statistics

Track Watkins Glen International
Races 10
Wins 0
Top-5 1
Top-10 4
Average Start 15.4
Average Finish 20.7
Laps Led 0

Hamlin Conversation (Watkins Glen)

How can you take the success at Sonoma Raceway to Watkins Glen this weekend?

"Obviously, the two road courses are very different. Sonoma is a technical track and Watkins Glen is very fast and sweeping. It'll be interesting to get up there on the new surface to see the grip level in these cars, but certainly, running up front at Sonoma gives us a boost of confidence heading into Watkins Glen this weekend. I'm still looking for that first road course win in the Cup Series, and hopefully we can close the deal on Sunday."

Rochester, N.Y., Along for the Ride at Watkins Glen:


The FedEx Freight Service Center in Rochester, N.Y., will be recognized for outstanding performance with its "ROC" code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota this weekend at Watkins Glen International.

FedEx Office – Closest to Watkins Glen International


605 W. State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-0202

#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