Track Info - Martinsville Speedway
Auto Club Recap:
Denny Hamlin secured a 14th-place finish in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, dropping right outside of the top-10 in the closing laps of the 200-lap event after multiple cautions and a last-minute move to forgo a pit stop with only a few laps remaining. After starting second alongside race winner Kyle Larson, Hamlin spent the majority of Sunday's race within the top 10, contending for the field's top positions during the event's long green-flag runs. A solid pit stop by the #11 team during a caution on lap 179 earned Hamlin four positions on pit road where he would restart second, however two more unsuspecting cautions interrupted the team's strategy and Hamlin slowly slipped backwards before crossing the finish line in 14th-place. Hamlin picked up three additional championship points for his 10th-place and 9th-place finish in Stage 1 and Stage 2 respectively, moving him up one spot to 12th in the overall NASCAR standings.
The Series returns to the east coast and heads to Martinsville Speedway (Va.) for Sunday's 500-lap event on the flat, half-mile 'paperclip'. Hamlin has proved to be a strong competitor at the Virginia home track, notching a career-best five wins, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at Martinsville in 22 starts, in addition to three poles and 1,363 total laps led. Despite running in the top-10 during the early going of last year's spring race, Hamlin's run at the short track was cut short last April when he wrecked at the halfway point to the race, relegating him to a 39th-place finish.
Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares:
This season, FedEx is tying the performance of the #11 FedEx Toyota on the track to its efforts to improve road safety through a new program, Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares, by donating $111 for each lap Hamlin leads and $11,000 for each race victory to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. FedEx will also contribute $111,000 to Safe Kids if the #11 team wins the 2017 NASCAR championship.
Previous Race: Auto Club 400 / Auto Club Speedway
Denny Hamlin finished 10th in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, charging to the front of the pack from the rear of the field in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota on two separate occasions during the 312-mile event. His 10th-place finish marked his second top-10 of the 2017 season. See full post-race report