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Denny Hamlin finished ninth in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, advancing to the Round of 12 in the Chase playoffs after four drivers were eliminated following the 400-lap event at the "Monster Mile." Hamlin started seventh and needed to finish 13th or better to advance. The FedEx team strategy was to run a conservative race, stay out of trouble and make sure they didn't make any mistakes on the track or on pit road. Track position was at a premium throughout the 400-mile race on the high-banked, concrete oval, and Hamlin lost a lap to eventual winner Martin Truex Jr. on a long green flag run, and spent the last 80 laps one lap down. Truex Jr. set a torrid pace over the final 100 laps and just six of the 40 cars in the field finished on the lead lap. Truex Jr. was victorious, followed by Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth. The four drivers eliminated following Dover were Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Chris Buescher.
The Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday night's 500-mile event on the fast, 1.5-mile oval, and the only night race in the 10-race Chase playoffs. Hamlin has six top-five finishes in 22 career starts at Charlotte, including back-to-back fourth-place results in the last two races at the track -- this May's Coca-Cola 600 and last fall's Bank of America 500 Chase race. Hamlin has led 240 laps at the track and posted 14 career top-10 finishes at Charlotte.
|Race||Bank of America 500|
|Date/Time||Oct. 8/6:45 p.m. ET|
|Distance||334 laps/501 miles|
|Track Length||1.5 Miles|
|2015 Winner||Joey Logano|
|Track||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
Hamlin Conversation (Charlotte)
What is the team's strategy for this weekend in Charlotte?
"Obviously, the most important thing is to go out and try to win the race. We had a good run at Charlotte last fall, followed it up in Kansas but then got eliminated in Talladega after some misfortune. Nothing is guaranteed in this round unless you win, and that's what we are going to try to do. It's a long race and a lot can happen, so it's important to minimize any mistakes and maintain track position throughout the night to come home with a good finish."
High Point, N.C. Along for the Ride at Charlotte:
The FedEx Office location in High Point, N.C., a leading store in the company's annual President's Club program, will be recognized with its "1760" code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Charlotte.
FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway:
7741 Gateway Lane NW, Ste 110
Concord, NC 28027
#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
Transportation - Frank Hodel, David Ott