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2018 Pre-Race Reports

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Press Kit

Download the 2018 FedEx Racing press materials here, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.

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 2018 NASCAR championship. New for the 2018 season, the Denny Hamlin Foundation will also match the total donation to Safe Kids Worldwide

Dover Recap

Denny Hamlin finished second in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, capitalizing on a pair of late-race cautions to secure his best finish of the 2018 season and career-best result at the “Monster Mile.” Hamlin lined up second alongside Chase Elliott for a two-lap overtime shootout, but was never able to challenge for the victory, crossing the finish line 0.265 seconds behind Elliott. Hamlin started 15th after rain on Friday cancelled qualifying, and he methodically moved up in the running order during the race’s first two stages. His strong suit was the long run, utilizing stretched out green flag stints to pick off positions. He finished 12th in Stage 1 and ninth in Stage 2.

Talladega Preview

The Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday’s 500-mile race around the 2.5-mile track. In 25 starts at Talladega, Hamlin has secured five top-five and nine top-10 finishes, and captured his first and only win at the 2.66-mile track in spring 2014, which marked his first points-paying restrictor plate victory.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 30 total races this season, Hamlin has led 308 laps resulting in a $34,188 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide that will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race 1000Bulbs.com 500
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 14/2 p.m. ET
Distance 188 Laps/500.8 Miles
Track Length 2.66 miles
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 33 degrees
2017 Winner Brad Keselowski

Hamlin Statistics

Track Talladega Superspeedway  
Races 25
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 5
Top-10 9
Laps Led 302
Average Start 17.2
Average Finish 18.1

Hamlin Conversation:

“Last weekend (at Dover) was a step in the right direction for our FedEx team, and I’m already excited to get back on track so we can hopefully keep our momentum going. Obviously anything can happen at a track like Talladega, but our goal is to stay strong and put ourselves in a position where we can contend for a win.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Talladega

This weekend at Talladega, the code letters “QDM” will be featured on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota to recognize three FedEx Ground teams who were semifinalists for an enterprise-wide award based on their Quality Driver Management efforts.

FedEx Office – Closest to Talladega Superspeedway

117 Resource Center Pkwy,
Birmingham, AL 35242,
(205) 981-0077

Roval Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 12th in the first-ever Cup Series event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course last Sunday. Hamlin was required to start Sunday’s race from the tail end of the longest line after sustaining significant damage to his #11 FedEx Freight Toyota during Friday’s qualifying session which forced the FedEx Racing team to a back-up car. Hamlin started the final stage in sixth, but he fluctuated position as varying pit strategies played out among the 40-car field. Hamlin occupied the 21st spot when a multi-car wreck at the front of the field collected a number of the leaders, and the melee propelled the #11 FedEx Toyota to 13th for the final restart. He earned one position in the quick dash to the checkered.

Moving on to the Monster Mile

The Series returns to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile race around the ‘Monster Mile’. In 25 starts at the Delaware short track, Denny has secured 10 top-10 finishes, including five top-10 results in his last six appearances there. During his last visit to Dover in April, Hamlin battled his way to seventh after serving a penalty in the race’s first Stage for pitting for fuel while pit road was closed.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 29 total races this season, Hamlin has led 308 laps resulting in a $34,188 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide that will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Gander Outdoors 400
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 7/2 p.m. ET
Distance 400 laps/400 miles  
Track Length 1 mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24 degrees
2017 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Dover International Speedway
Races 25
Wins 0
Poles 3
Top-5 3
Top-10 10
Laps Led 276
Average Start 10.6
Average Finish 18

Hamlin Conversation:

What is your FedEx Racing’s team focus as you return to Dover and the seasons enters its final stretch?

“It’s obviously disappointing that our chance to contend for a Championship this season has ended, but in all honesty, our goals remain the same. We’re going to keep working hard to get us a win. There are many tracks still ahead where we’ve had success and know we can perform, so we’ll focus on what’s to come and doing the best we can to finish the season strong.”

FedEx Express TSSA Station in New York Along for the Ride at Dover

FedEx Express recognizes the company’s TSSA station in New York City by featuring the call letters “TSSA” on the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at the Monster Mile.

FedEx Office – Closest to Dover International Speedway

132 S. Main St.,
Newark, DE 19711,
(302) 368-5080

Richmond Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 16th in Saturday night’s Playoffs race at Richmond Raceway, unable to overcome an early-race spin in the 300-mile event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Hamlin qualified on the front row, but fell right outside of the top-five in the opening laps while battling loose handling conditions. After completing only 53 circuits, the 17 car made contact with Hamlin’s rear bumper and nearly sent him spinning, but the FedEx Racing driver was able to keep the car under control, and the race stayed green. Hamlin was forced to pit following the incident, and the unscheduled green-flag stop put Hamlin one lap down in 26th. He rallied to regain his position in the Stage’s closing laps and ultimately fought his way to ninth where he finished the first segment. Hamlin started the second 100-lap segment from ninth and went on to finish 15th when the second yellow-checkered flew. He started the final Stage from 14th, and as the #11 was being serviced during a schedule green-flag stop, an untimely caution for a single-car wreck trapped Hamlin another lap down. The team took advantage of the wave around, however Hamlin remained one lap down in 16th where he ultimately finished.

Ready to Roval

The Series makes their first-ever visit to the 17-turn Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday, Sept. 30, for the first cut-off race in the 2018 Playoffs. In 26 Cup Series road course starts between Sonoma and Watkins Glen, Hamlin has collected one win, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, notching four of those top-five finishes in his last six starts over the last three seasons. At the traditional Charlotte Motor Speedway oval, Hamlin has made 26 starts and earned nine top-five finishes, including five in his last six starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Playoffs Outlook

Following Saturday’s 16th-place finish at Richmond Raceway, Hamlin remains 16th in the NASCAR Playoffs standings, 29 points outside the cut-off position. Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Racing team will look to clinch their spot in the Round of 12 with a win at the Roval.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 28 regular season races, Hamlin has led 308 laps resulting in a $34,188 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Bank of America Roval 400
Date/Time Sunday, Sept. 30/2:00 PM ET
Distance 109 laps/248.52 miles  
Track Length 2.28-mile
Track Shape 17-turn road course

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway*
Races 26
Wins 0
Poles 2
Top-5 9
Top-10 17
Laps Led 356
Average Start 10.5
Average Finish 12.1

*Stats based on results at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s traditional oval

Hamlin Conversation:

As we approach the first cut-off race in the 2018 Playoffs and at a brand new track, what is your outlook on the weekend ahead?

“At this point in the season, we need a win, and that’s how we can continue to chase down a Championship. We obviously have not been performing the way we’ve hoped to in this first Round (of the Playoffs), but anything can happen at the Roval this weekend. When we tested there earlier this year I thought we were one of the best cars, we just need to set ourselves up to qualify well so we can be out front.”

FedEx Freight Montgomery, Ala. Service Center Along for the Ride at Charlotte

FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Montgomery, Ala. service center for their commitment to outstanding service by featuring the call letters “MGM” on the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota this weekend at the Charlotte Roval. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway

7741 Gateway Lane NW,
Suite 110,
Concord, NC 28027,
(704) 979-1971

Las Vegas Recap

Denny Hamlin finished third in Monday’s regular season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading a race-high 37 laps in the 160-lap race before a series of late-race cautions foiled the FedEx Racing team’s quest for their first Brickyard 400 win in the #11 FedEx Possibilities Toyota. Hamlin took the lead on lap 143 following a cycle of green-flag pit stops in the race’s final 60-lap Stage. He proved to be a dominant contender as the laps ticked to the finish, however two cautions in the race’s final 16 laps gave Hamlin’s competitors with fresher tires a chance to close the gap. On the penultimate lap, Hamlin was forced to give way to eventual race winner Brad Keselowski which also allowed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones to slip by, and the #11 machine went on to finish third. He started 10th and quickly worked his way into the top-five to finish Stage 1 in third, then went on to capitalize on short-pit strategy in the second segment to position himself up front for the final Stage.

Richmond Preview

The NASCAR Playoffs head to Hamlin’s “home track” for Saturday’s 400-lap event at Richmond Raceway. Hamlin is no stranger to the Virginia raceway’s leaderboard, capturing three wins – the most recent during the 2016 regular season finale – and leading a career- and series-high 1,659 laps at the .75-mile track. Hamlin has finished in the top-five in his last four starts at Richmond, including a third-place result there earlier this season.

Playoffs Performance

Following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas, Hamlin shifted to 16th in the NASCAR Playoffs standings. With two more races to go in the Round of 16, Hamlin is currently 20 points outside of 12th place, the final transfer spot.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 27 regular season races, Hamlin has led 308 laps resulting in a $34,188 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Federated Auto Part 400
Date/Time Saturday, Sept. 22/7:30 pm ET
Distance 400 laps/300 miles
Track Length .75 Mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking
14 degrees
2017 Winner Kyle Larson

Hamlin Statistics

Track Richmond Raceway
Races 24
Wins 3
Poles 3 (tied for Series-best among active drivers)
Top-5 11
Top-10 15
Laps Led 1,659 (career-best & Series-best)
Average Start 9.8
Average Finish 9.3

Hamlin Conversation:

You are preparing to return to a track where you have been successful throughout your career. How important is it to perform well at Richmond this weekend?

“Obviously Las Vegas ended in a disappointing finish, so I’m looking forward to returning to Richmond where I know I can be competitive. We’ve really got to work hard to collect Playoff points this weekend to put us back in contention, and we’re going to keep going after that win to make sure we set ourselves up to advance.”

FedEx Office District 17 Los Angeles Downtown Along for the Ride at Richmond

FedEx Office District 17 Los Angeles Downtown will be recognized at Richmond Raceway with its “D17” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend.

FedEx Office – Closest to Richmond Raceway

1111 E Main St,
Richmond, VA 23219,
(804) 783-9880

Indianapolis Recap

Denny Hamlin finished third in Monday’s regular season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading a race-high 37 laps in the 160-lap race before a series of late-race cautions foiled the FedEx Racing team’s quest for their first Brickyard 400 win in the #11 FedEx Possibilities Toyota. Hamlin took the lead on lap 143 following a cycle of green-flag pit stops in the race’s final 60-lap Stage. He proved to be a dominant contender as the laps ticked to the finish, however two cautions in the race’s final 16 laps gave Hamlin’s competitors with fresher tires a chance to close the gap. On the penultimate lap, Hamlin was forced to give way to eventual race winner Brad Keselowski which also allowed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones to slip by, and the #11 machine went on to finish third. He started 10th and quickly worked his way into the top-five to finish Stage 1 in third, then went on to capitalize on short-pit strategy in the second segment to position himself up front for the final Stage.

Las Vegas Preview

The Series heads West to Las Vegas for the first of 10 races in this year’s NASCAR playoffs. Hamlin looks to start the Playoffs on a high note, not only improving from his 17th place finish at Vegas in March, and aiming for a repeat of his first round victory at Chicago in 2015. Of his 13 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Denny has finished in the top-five twice and has six top-10 finishes.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led 37 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Raceway on Sunday, generating a $4,107 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After 26 regular season races, Hamlin has led 307 laps resulting in a $34,077 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race South Point 400
Date/Time Sunday, Sept. 16/3 pm ET
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length 1.5 Mile
Track Shape Tri- Oval
Banking
20 degrees

Hamlin Statistics

Track Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Races 13
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 2
Top-10 6
Laps Led 14
Average Start 19.2
Average Finish 12.6

Hamlin Conversation:

What’s your overall feeling heading into the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs? Do you think your team will be able to make a run at the Championship?

“Our team has been competitive all season, so there’s not a doubt in my mind that we can make a run at the championship. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think we had a chance to win. It’s so important to rack up as many points as possible in these first few races to put us in a good position, and I have every confidence that we will do just that.”

Salt Lake City Hub Along for the Ride at Las Vegas

The FedEx Ground Hub in Salt Lake City will be recognized for major safety accomplishments with its “SALT” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

2288 S Nellis Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV,
(702) 431-5076

Darlington Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 10th in Sunday night’s 500-mile event at Darlington Raceway, overcoming ill-handling conditions and a late-race pit road penalty to notch his 13th top-10 of the 2018 season. Hamlin, the defending race winner, captured his third pole of the 2018 season and led the field to green on Sunday, showing the way for the first 11 circuits around the “Lady in Black” before falling outside the top five. In the race’s final Stage, Hamlin battled his way from 12th to sixth when he elected to make his green-flag pit stop with just over 50 laps to go in the event. Unfortunately, the caution flew at the exact same moment, trapping Hamlin a lap down. NASCAR also ruled that Hamlin pitted just after the caution flag came out, and he was served a penalty that sent him to the tail end of the field. Hamlin charged his way back to fifth, but engine troubles forced the #11 FedEx Toyota backwards in the final laps, and he crossed the line in 10th.

Indianapolis Preview

The Series makes it way to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 25th running of the Brickyard 400 and the 2018 regular season finale. In 12 starts at the 2.5-mile track, Hamlin has notched four top-five finishes, three of those occurring in his last four starts. During his previous visit to the historic speedway, Hamlin finished 17th after suffering significant damage in a late-race accident.

Playoffs Bound

Following his performance at Darlington, Hamlin officially clinched his spot in the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs. He joins Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones as he prepares for his 12th season contending for the Cup Championship title.

Special Delivery

Hamlin’s #11 FedEx Toyota will have somewhat of a different look this weekend at Indy. FedEx delivers millions of possibilities every day, and they are celebrating the launch of their new television advertisements with a special hood on Hamlin’s ride for Sunday’s race. The new television advertisements will debut on Sunday, Sept. 9, and will air during the Brickyard 400 on NBCSN. Visit fedex.com/possibilities for more information.

Check Out that View

Hamlin will wear the Helmet Cam for Sunday’s NBCSN broadcast of the Brickyard 400 at Indy that will provide viewers with a first-person view of the race from the driver’s seat. Broadcast overage begins at 2 PM ET.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led 11 laps at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, generating a $1,221 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After 25 regular season races, Hamlin has led 270 laps resulting in a $29,970 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Date/Time Sunday, Sept. 9/2 pm ET
Distance 160 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 2.5 Mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking
9 degrees
2017 Winner Kasey Kahne

Hamlin Statistics

Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Races 12
Wins 0
Poles 1 (2012)
Top-5 4
Top-10 6
Laps Led 75
Average Start 12.6
Average Finish 13.7

Hamlin Conversation:

Even though you’ve secured your Playoff spot, how meaningful would it to be win the season finale at Indianapolis?

“Our team has worked hard all season to position ourselves for a win, so closing out the regular season with a victory would be a great feeling, especially at a historic place like Indy. It obviously wouldn’t hurt going into the Playoffs either.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Indianapolis Motor Speedway

5030 W Pike Plaza Rd,
Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 297-2679

Darlington “NASCAR Throwback” Weekend Preview

Hamlin returns to Darlington Raceway as the defending race winner after sweeping the 2017 weekend with victories in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series. In 12 career starts at Darlington, Hamlin has only finished outside of the top-10 twice and has visited Victory Lane at the track that’s “Too Tough to Tame” on two occasions.

Blame It All on His Racing Roots

Hamlin’s special #11 FedEx Toyota paint scheme for the Cup Series race at Darlington is a throwback to Hamlin’s first-ever race car, a Mini Stock that he drove in 1997 at Langley Speedway and Southside Speedway in Virginia. Hamlin won both track championships that year, and was named the NASCAR Mini Stock Rookie of the Year. For more on the family history behind Hamlin’s special throwback scheme, click here.

Double Duty

Hamlin will also make his 11th-career NASCAR XFINITY start at “The Lady in Black” this weekend, returning as the defending race winner. In his10 previous XFINITY starts at the track, Hamlin has earned five total wins (2006, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2017).

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 24 regular season races, Hamlin has led 259 laps resulting in a $28,749 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Bojangles’ Southern 500
Date/Time Sunday, Sept. 2/6 pm ET
Distance 367 Laps/501.3 Miles
Track Length 1.36 miles
Track Shape Egged-shaped oval
2017 Winner Denny Hamlin

Hamlin Statistics

Track Darlington Raceway
Races 12
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 7
Top-10 10
Laps Led 551
Average Start 9.4 (Series Best)
Average Finish 5.8 (Series Best)

Hamlin Conversation:

Tell us more about your special throwback scheme for Sunday’s race.

“This year’s Darlington throwback scheme means a lot to me, and I can’t thank FedEx enough for surprising me with it. It’s a true part of my racing history and the design brings back so many great memories. Our team has shown great success at Darlington, so I look forward to competing for another win there this weekend, especially behind the wheel of this car.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Darlington Raceway

2813 W Hwy 74,
Monroe, NC 28110,
(704) 289-3859

Michigan Recap

Denny Hamlin finished eighth in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Series race at Michigan International Speedway, notching his 12th top-10 finish of the season. Hamlin started on the pole and led the race's first 13 laps, ultimately finishing sixth in Stage 1. Varying strategies in Stage 2 pushed Hamlin outside the top-10, but quick work on pit road by the crew and timely adjustments by crew chief Mike Wheeler helped the team recover. Hamlin lined up ninth on the final restart with 57 laps to go, and he gained one spot during the long green flag run to end the event won by Kevin Harvick.

Bristol Preview

The Series returns to Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s 500-lap event under the lights at the half-mile Tennessee bullring. Hamlin has captured three poles at “The Last Great Colosseum,” tied for a Series-best among active drivers. Earlier this season, Hamlin came back from three laps down to finish 14th in the event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 23 regular season races, Hamlin has led 259 laps resulting in a $28,749 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Date/Time Saturday, Aug. 18/7:30 p.m. ET
Distance 500 Laps/266.5 Miles
Track Length .533 mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24-28 Degrees
2017 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Bristol Motor Speedway
Races 25
Wins 1
Poles 3 (tied for Series-best)
Top-5 7
Top-10 12
Laps Led 611
Average Start 14.7
Average Finish 15.3

Hamlin Conversation:

Following back-to-back poles and a top-10 finish at Michigan, what is the #11 FedEx Racing team’s goal heading into Bristol race weekend?

“This FedEx Racing team has worked really hard, and it’s been good to see that start to show in recent results. We still have some room for improvements to get us exactly where we want to be, but our ultimate goal is to lead more laps, win more Stages and more races so that we can be a team to contend with come Playoffs.” 

FedEx Office – Closest to Bristol Motor Speedway

2116 N Roan St,
Suite 1a,
Johnson City, TN,
(423) 283-9503

Watkins Glen Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 13th in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen following a miscue on pit road during the team’s final scheduled stop that forced Hamlin to start at the rear of the field during the final green-flag run to the checkered flag. Hamlin started the 90-lap event on the pole and ran in the top-five throughout the first two-thirds of the race. The caution flew on Lap 54 for an incident on track, bringing the entire field to pit road for service. Unfortunately, Hamlin’s rear tire was struck by the No. 2 during the stop, and it set off a series of events that ended with Hamlin pulling away with the jack and air hose caught underneath the car. Two tires and the hose were sent scattering, but fortunately, all crew members were left uninjured. Still, Hamlin was assessed a “tail end restart” penalty for running over pit equipment, foiling the team’s chances at the victory. He restarted at the back of the field and made his way back to 13th before the checkered waved.

Michigan Preview

The Series returns to Michigan for Sunday’s race around the 2-mile oval in the Irish Hills where Denny Hamlin looks to improve upon his 12th-place finish captured earlier this season. Hamlin and #11 FedEx team have accumulated seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 25 stops at the Brooklyn, Michigan track. 

Return to Richmond

Today, Tuesday, August 7 Hamlin will return to his roots in Richmond, Va. to visit Washington Redskins training camp and meet with quarterback and fellow #11 Alex Smith, a 2017 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year Finalist. Hamlin will also participate in Kid’s Day activities at the Bon Secours Training Center.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 22 regular season races, Hamlin has led 246 laps resulting in a $27,306 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Consumers Energy 400
Date/Time Sunday, Aug. 12/2:30 p.m. ET
Distance 200 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 2 Miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 18 Degrees
2017 Winner Kyle Larson

Hamlin Statistics

Track Michigan International Speedway
Races 25
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 7
Top-10 11
Laps Led 174
Average Start 12.8
Average Finish 14.6

Hamlin Conversation:

How do you and FedEx team plan to build upon recent success and carry that momentum into Michigan?

“Our FedEx team was obviously excited to be on the pole this past weekend, and despite our finish, we definitely saw improvement overall. It’s been a tough two months for this team, but we’re working harder than ever to put ourselves in a position where we can really contend for a race win and return to consistent success.” 

Virginia North FedEx Office Team Along for the Ride at Michigan

The Virginia North FedEx Office team will be recognized for being the top-ranked district in the final FY18 President’s Club results by having their “D63” code numbers on the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Michigan.

FedEx Office – Closest to Michigan International Speedway

2800 S State St A,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104,
(734) 665-2400

Pocono Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 10th in Sunday's event at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, fighting a tight-handling #11 FedEx Express Toyota to notch his 11th top-10 of the season. Hamlin, a four-time Pocono winner, started the race from second and maintained that position until the FedEx Racing team set their strategy early on by pitting at lap 22 of the first 50-lap Stage. The strategy paid dividends, allowing Hamlin to take the lead after the field cycled through stops. Hamlin led five laps before the tight condition he was fighting gave a hard-charging Chase Elliott the opening he needed to take over the top spot. Hamlin eventually crossed the line third at the conclusion of Stage 1. After a late Stage 2 caution forced the FedEx Racing team to change their pit strategy, Crew Chief Mike Wheeler called Hamlin to pit road with only two laps remaining in the second segment, and the call allowed Hamlin to line up fifth for the final Stage. He fought to maintain his top-five position, however a flurry of cautions at the end of the race spoiled any chance for Hamlin to attempt to challenge for the win, resulting in his 10th-place finish.

Watkins Glen Preview

The Series heads to Watkins Glen International for the second and final road course race of the 2018 season. Hamlin captured his first win at “The Glen” in 2016, making his pass for the lead with only 10 laps left in the 90-lap race. In 12 starts at “The Glen,” Hamlin has secured three top-five finishes, including last year’s fourth-place result.  

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 21 regular season races, Hamlin has led 244 laps resulting in a $27,084 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race GoBowling at The Glen
Date/Time Sunday, Aug. 5/2:30 p.m. ET
Distance 90 Laps/220.5 Miles
Track Length 2.45 Miles
Track Shape 11-Turn Road Course
2017 Winner Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Watkins Glen International
Races 12
Wins 1 (2016)
Poles 0
Top-5 3
Top-10 6
Laps Led 10
Average Start 14.2
Average Finish 17.7

Hamlin Conversation:

In the past few years, you’ve shown great success at road courses with four top-four finishes in five starts, including a win at “The Glen” in 2016. What are your expectations as the Series heads back to Watkins Glen this weekend?

“We’ve obviously seen steady improvement in our road course performance, and we hope to continue that momentum this weekend. Our FedEx Racing team is working hard to sort out some handling problems that we’ve experienced during the past couple races, and that’ll hopefully help us get to level where we’re used to performing, and we can contend for the win.” 

FedEx Ground Northwest District Along for the Ride at Watkins Glen

The FedEx Ground Northwest district will be recognized for their strong commitment to safety efforts and quality-driven management by having their code letter “NWST” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at Watkins Glen. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Watkins Glen International

605 W State St,
Ithaca, NY 14850,
(607) 272-2243

New Hampshire Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 13th in Sunday’s rain-delayed, 301-lap event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, overcoming an ill-handling #11 FedEx Freight Toyota to collect his 22nd top-15 finish in 25 starts at the New England “Magic Mile”. Hamlin, the 2017 Loudon race winner, started the race in the fourth position and quickly worked his way to second, however varying pit strategies during the competition caution on lap 35 dropped Hamlin to 19th. After finishing Stage 1 in 16th, Hamlin’s FedEx Racing crew helped position him in 14th to begin the second Stage, but he continued to battle a lack of grip during the ensuing 75 laps, and finished 12th as the yellow flag signaled the end of Stage 2. Hamlin lined up in 14th to begin the race’s final segment, but he continued to struggle with the car’s handling and fell back as far as 18th before slowly beginning his ascent back to the front, climbing his way to 13th before the checkered flag waved.

Pocono Preview

The Series returns to Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s 400-mile race around the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle”. Hamlin is looking to rebound from his 35th-place finish that resulted from a late-race crash in the June event and add a fifth victory at Pocono to his impressive résumé of 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the Pennsylvania track. 

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 19 regular season races, Hamlin has led 239 laps resulting in a $26,529 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Gander Outdoors 400
Date/Time Sunday, July 29/ 2:30 p.m. ET
Format 160 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 2.5 Miles
Track Shape Triangle
2017 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Pocono Raceway
Races 25
Wins 4 (Series Best)
Poles 3
Top-5 10
Top-10 15
Laps Led 688
Average Start 7.3 (Series Best)
Average Finish 12.7

Hamlin Conversation:

You lead active drivers for most wins at Pocono Raceway. What will it take to capture your fifth victory at the Tricky Triangle this weekend?

“Our results from our last visit to Pocono Raceway don’t necessarily show what this FedEx Racing team is capable of, we just ran into some unfortunate circumstances that ended our race early. Heading back there, we obviously want to improve our track position and contend for the win, and we learned a lot of things in our past few races there (Pocono) that can help us do that. ”

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, FedEx Express Ramp Along for the Ride at Pocono

FedEx Express recognizes the employees at the company’s ramp in Harrisburg, Penn., for their continued efforts to support charitable causes in the local community by featuring the letters “MDTR” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at the “Tricky Triangle”. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway

940 Schechter Dr.,
Suite 1,
Wilkes Barre, PA, 18702,
(570) 819-0813

Kentucky Recap

Denny Hamlin overcame a tight-handling #11 FedEx Office Toyota and early brake troubles to finish 16th in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Hamlin lined up 36th to take the green flag for Saturday night’s 400-mile event after the team did not make it through pre-qualifying inspection in time to attempt a qualifying lap during Friday night’s session. He wasted no time working to advance his position though and gained 10 spots in just two circuits around the 1.5-mile oval. After battling with brake issues, he managed to wheel the #11 FedEx Office Toyota to a 13th-place Stage 1 finish followed by a 16th-place result in Stage 2. For the final Stage, Hamlin received four fresh tires and fuel to put him 13th for the restart, and he continued in that position as Crew Chief Mike Wheeler called him to pit road for a green-flag stop on lap 208. Unfortunately, the caution came out while Hamlin was pitting which caused him to fall a lap down to the leaders. He took the wave around to restart at the tail end of the longest line in 25th, ultimately battling his way back to 16th before the checkered-flag waved.

New Hampshire Preview

The Series makes its way to New England for its first and only New Hampshire Motor Speedway stop of the 2018 season. Hamlin returns as the reigning race winner, leading 54 laps in route to Victory Lane in last year’s event.  He has notched three total wins at the “Magic Mile” – tied for a Series best among active drivers – and has started within the top-10 in his last eight starts at the short track.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 19 regular season races, Hamlin has led 239 laps resulting in a $26,529 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Foxwoods Resort Casino 30
Date/Time Saturday, July 22/2:00 p.m. ET
Format 301 Laps/318.4 Miles
Track Length 1 mile
Banking 7 degrees
Track Shape Oval
2017 Winner Denny Hamlin

Hamlin Statistics

Track New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Races 24
Wins 3 (Tied for series-best among active drivers)
Poles 0
Top-5 9
Top-10 14
Laps Led 549
Average Start 10.5
Average Finish 10.1

Hamlin Conversation:

You’re returning to Loudon as the reigning race winner. What’s your outlook for the weekend ahead?

“We’ve obviously had a strong showing at New Hampshire these past few seasons, and our FedEx Racing team is returning with the goal to repeat last year’s success. We were able to come from the back and take home the win last July, and we’ll do whatever it takes to do that again so we can lock in our spot to the 2018 Playoffs.”

FedEx Freight Montpelier, Vermont, Service Center Along for the Ride at New Hampshire

FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Montpelier, Vt. service center by featuring the call letters “MPV” on the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Montpelier service center has approximately 35 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to New Hampshire Motor Speedway

10 Ft Eddy Rd,
Concord, NH,
(603) 226-0565

Daytona Recap

Denny Hamlin was collected in a multi-car wreck early in the second Stage of Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, forcing the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota to an early retirement from the 160-lap event and a 38th-place finish. Hamlin lined up 11th to begin Stage 2, quickly making his way to 10th before the first caution of the segment waved with only three green-flag laps complete. Just as the field returned to green-flag racing, second-place contender Brad Keselowski went spinning, igniting a huge multi-car car wreck that collected Hamlin. The #11 FedEx Cares Toyota sustained extensive damage and was unable return to track to finish the event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones.

Kentucky Preview

The Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday’s 400-mile race under the lights where Hamlin will make his eighth start at the 1.5-mile track. Hamlin looks to follow up his 2017 fourth-place finish by earning his fourth top-five finish at the tri-oval this weekend.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 18 regular season races, Hamlin has led 239 laps resulting in a $26,529 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Quaker State 400 Presented by Wal-Mart
Date/Time Saturday, July 14/7:30 p.m. ET
Format 267 Laps/400.5 Miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Tri-Oval
2017 Winner Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kentucky Speedway
Races 7
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 3
Top-10 3
Laps Led 76
Average Start 8.6
Average Finish 16.1

Hamlin Conversation:

Do you think you and the #11 FedEx Racing team have the right strategy to find success in Kentucky and rebound from Daytona?

“Last time we visited Kentucky (Speedway), we really had a fast car, but every time we made our way up front, we had a tire disadvantage and came up just short. We tend to race well at this track, though, and I think if we can get up to the front early and capitalize on our track position, there’s no reason we can’t contend for the win.”

FedEx Office District 70 Pittsburgh Team Along for the Ride at Kentucky

FedEx Office recognizes their District 70 Pittsburgh team for their exceptional performance by having their region code “D70” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Kentucky Speedway

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

Chicagoland Recap

Denny Hamlin finished seventh in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, battling back from a last-place starting position and late-race spin to notch his 10th top-10 finish of the season in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota. Hamlin lined up 19th for the final restart and charged through the field over the last 50 laps to salvage a strong day in the event.

Hamlin started last after post-qualifying inspection revealed an infraction, disallowing his fourth-fastest lap in time trials. He quickly worked to the front to finish Stage 1 in 11th place. He maintained the track position during the race's midpoint and finished ninth in Stage 2. However, while racing the top groove with 90 laps to go, Hamlin lost control and went spinning off Turn 2. He did not incur any damage, but had to pit for tires and restart 26th. One more caution allowed Hamlin to get four more fresh tires for the last stint, and he was able to make up 12 spots by the checkered flag.

Daytona Preview

The Series makes its way to Daytona Beach for Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin’s last visit to the tri-oval in February produced a third-place finish, his seventh top-five finish at Daytona in 25 total Cup starts.

Delivering for Good

Hamlin will be running a special #11 FedEx Cares Toyota this weekend at Daytona International Speedway that will feature Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization comprised of more than 80,000 volunteers who provide immediate relief following natural disasters and humanitarian crises. As a part of this weekend’s program, Hamlin, Crew Chief Mike Wheeler and the #11 FedEx Racing crew will participate in a Team Rubicon Disaster Response Training exercise in the infield at DIS on Friday in advance of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. FedEx supports Team Rubicon’s mission through the company’s FedEx Cares global giving initiative through which FedEx is investing $200 million to more than 200 communities around the world by 2020.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 17 regular season races, Hamlin has led 239 laps resulting in a $26,529 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of  FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Coke Zero Sugar 400
Date/Time Saturday, July 7/7 p.m. ET
Format 160 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 2.5 miles
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 31 Degrees
2017 Winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway
Races 25
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 7
Top-10 8
Laps Led 407
Average Start 17.1
Average Finish 16.8

Hamlin Conversation:

What does it mean to you to have Team Rubicon on board the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota this weekend?

“It’s an honor to showcase Team Rubicon on our #11 FedEx Cares Toyota this weekend, especially in Daytona where their team helped respond after the devastating hurricanes last year. Obviously, July 4 weekend is a time where everyone recognizes our military members, and Team Rubicon is a veteran-led organization, making this weekend that much more special to us.”

Team Rubicon Along for the Ride at Daytona

In addition to being featured on the rear quarter panel of the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota, Team Rubicon will be recognized on Hamlin’s Toyota Camry with their letters “TR” on the b-post at Daytona.

FedEx Office – Closest to DIS

2274 W. International Speedway Blvd.,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114,
(386) 323-7840

Sonoma Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 10th in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, charging his way through the field in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota to collect his fifth top-10 finish at the 1.99-mile California road course. After battling his way inside the top-five in Stage 2, Hamlin elected not to pit with the leaders as they made scheduled green-flag stops in the segment’s closing laps. The decision allowed him to assume the race lead where he remained as the segment ended, collecting his second Stage win of the 2018 season. Due to having to pit during the subsequent Stage break, Denny lined up 20th to begin the race’s final 60-lap segment. After pitting with 20 laps left in the race, he was scored 17th, but he continued to fight his way to the front, making it to 13th with five laps remaining. During the race’s final lap, Hamlin made some aggressive moves to pass multiple competitors and break his way into the top-10.

Chicagoland Preview

The Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday’s 267-lap Cup event. Hamlin notched his first career win at the 1.5-mile oval in Joliet, IL, in 2015. He has scored four top-10 finishes in his last four starts at the Windy City track, including a fourth-place finish during last year’s Playoff race.  

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 16 regular season races, Hamlin has led 239 laps resulting in an $26,529 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Overton’s 400
Date/Time Sunday, July 1/ 2:30 p.m. ET
Format 267 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 14 Degrees
2017 Winner Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Chicagoland Speedway
Races 12
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 3
Top-10 6
Laps Led 13
Average Start 13.6
Average Finish 15.1

Hamlin Conversation:

Will Chicago feel unusual next week not being the Playoff opener?

“It will certainly be a lot different, but it’s always a fun one. I really like Chicagoland because you can run all the way from the wall to the inside apron there. We’ll probably go back with the same notes and the same setup that we had last year and work from there, obviously with the hope of locking our spot in the 2018 Playoffs.” 

FedEx Ground Los Angeles Metro District Along for the Ride at Chicagoland

The FedEx Ground Los Angeles Metro District will be recognized at Chicagoland Speedway by having their call letters “LAMR” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend.

FedEx Office – Closest to Chicagoland Speedway

11330 Lincoln Hwy,
Mokena, IL 60448,
(815) 806-0231

Michigan Recap

Denny Hamlin rebounded from his 36th-place starting spot to finish12th in the rain-shortened event at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin qualified 10th for the 400-mile race, but he was forced to start at the back of the field following a pre-race inspection penalty for a non-compliant splitter. Hamlin worked his way up to 21st by the competition caution on lap 25, and the team’s subsequent pit strategy paid dividends as Hamlin lined up third following a two-tire stop. Hamlin finished fifth in the first Stage, but that would be the last time during the event that the FedEx Toyota would be in the top-five as Hamlin battled a loose condition and having to line up in the undesirable bottom lane for the following restarts. With inclement weather moving in, Hamlin tried to stay within the top-10, but his progress was hampered after a vibration developed late in the second Stage. Denny started the final Stage in ninth, but he found himself trapped in 12th when the race was officially called with 67 laps remaining.

Sonoma Preview

The Series heads to Sonoma Raceway for the first road course event of the season where Hamlin will look to capture his second career road course victory. Hamlin has three top-five and four top-10 finishes at the 12-turn road course including a fourth-place finish in last year’s race following a 14th-place qualifying effort. 

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 15 regular season races, Hamlin has led 235 laps resulting in an $26,085 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Toyota/Save Mart 350
Date/Time Sunday, June 24/3 p.m. ET
Format 110 Laps/218.9 Miles
Track Length 1.99 miles
Track Shape Road Course
Turns 12
2017 Winner Kevin Harvick

Hamlin Statistics

Track Sonoma Raceway
Races 12
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 3
Top-10 4
Laps Led 92
Average Start 17.8
Average Finish 19.4

Hamlin Conversation:

You have scored two consecutive top-five finishes in your past two starts at Sonoma. Do you think you and the #11 FedEx team have the right strategy to win this weekend?

“Last time we visited Sonoma (Raceway), we really had a great car, we just didn’t have quite enough to contend for a win at the end. If we can improve our qualifying effort (from last year) and make some slight set-up adjustments, I think we’ll be in an even better spot to go after a win this year.” 

FedEx Express Operations Station in Cheyenne, Wyo., Along for the Ride at Sonoma

FedEx Express recognizes the company’s operation station in Cheyenne, Wyo., for their charitable contributions to the local community by featuring their call letters “CYSA” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at Sonoma. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Sonoma Raceway

901 E Washington St,
Petaluma, CA 94952,
(707) 763-6553

Pocono Recap

Denny Hamlin spun in Turn 1 late in the final stage of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, incurring heavy damage after contact with the inside retaining wall and ending the #11 FedEx Racing Team’s day in 35th place. Hamlin had battled his way to fourth in the race’s final Stage when a caution appeared with 20 laps to go. Denny followed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch down pit road for four tires and fuel in preparation for the remaining circuits in the 160-lap event, ultimately falling in line 10th for the restart on lap 143 after varying pit strategies took place. Following the restart, Hamlin made his way to the bottom of the race track to continue fighting for his spot within the top 10, however his plan was halted when the #11 FedEx Office Toyota tangled with the #88 of Alex Bowman, sending Hamlin towards the inside wall. The contact could not be prevented, and the crew assessed the resulting damage to be irreparable, ending Hamlin’s day at the “Tricky Triangle.”  

Michigan Preview

The Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s race around the two-mile oval with Hamlin looking to capture his third win in the Irish Hills. Hamlin finished fourth in this event last year collecting his seventh top-five finish at the Michigan fast track. 

Driving in Memphis

Hamlin is scheduled to participate in the FedEx St. Jude Classic Pro-Am this Wednesday at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. where he will join other amateur and professional golfers on the links for a good cause. FedEx has sponsored the FedEx St. Jude Classic since 1986 that has raised more than $38 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 14 regular season races, Hamlin has led 235 laps resulting in an $26,085 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race FireKeepers Casino 400
Date/Time Sunday, June 10/2 p.m. ET
Format 200 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 2 miles
Track Shape Oval
2017 Winner Kyle Larson

Hamlin Statistics

Track Michigan International Speedway
Races 24
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 7
Top-10 11
Laps Led 174
Average Start 12.9
Average Finish 14.8

Hamlin Conversation:

Following last weekend’s run at Pocono, how do you and the #11 FedEx team plan to tackle Michigan and the remainder of the regular season?

“It’s obviously disappointing that our results from last weekend don’t show the performance that I know our team was capable of. We’ve consistently been a top contender, we just have t to fine-tune a couple things for it to all come together. We still have time to get that win we want though and lock ourselves into the Playoffs, and we’re eager to get it done.”

Indianapolis FedEx Freight Service Center Along for the Ride at Michigan

FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Indianapolis, Ind., service center by featuring the call letters “IND” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota at Michigan. The Indianapolis service center has approximately 650 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to Michigan International Speedway

2800 S State St A,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104,
(734)-665-2400

Charlotte Recap

Denny Hamlin finished third in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that marked his third top-three finish of the 2018 season. Hamlin maintained his position at the front of the field for the majority of the 400-lap race and finished Stage one in eighth and Stage two in fourth before taking sixth in Stage three. After a swift four-tire stop during the last Stage break, Hamlin lined up fourth in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota for the fourth and final 100-lap Stage of the event. He maintained that position as the segment ran caution-free, and when it came time for scheduled pit stops, Hamlin and the FedEx Racing crew elected to pit last, giving the #11 a chance to contend with fresh tires. Hamlin worked to chase down the leaders, but he was unable to close the gap between himself and second-place contender Martin Truex Jr. before the checkered flag flew.

Pocono Preview

The Series heads to Pocono Raceway this Sunday for 400 miles around the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle”. Hamlin is looking to add a fifth victory at Pocono to his impressive résumé of 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the Pennsylvania track. He also averages a 7.2 starting position at Pocono which is a Series best among active drivers.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led nine laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Sunday, generating a $999 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After 13 regular season races, Hamlin has led 235 laps resulting in an $26,085 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Pocono 400
Date/Time Sunday, June 3/2 p.m. ET
Format 160 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 2.5 mile
Track Shape Triangle
2017 Winner Ryan Blaney

Hamlin Statistics

Track Pocono Raceway
Races 24
Wins 4
Poles 3
Top-5 10
Top-10 15
Laps Led 688
Average Start 7.2 (Series Best)
Average Finish 11.8

Hamlin Conversation:

You and your #11 FedEx Racing team have been showing solid consistency this season, collecting eight top-10 finishes thus far. Do you see that success continuing at Pocono?

“We’ve been so close to getting that first win of the season, but we’re obviously still looking to find that little bit of speed that will help us get to victory lane. This team has been working hard to get us out front, and we’re going to keep pushing until we get that first-place result we’re working for. We’ve had success at Pocono before, so this weekend could definitely be the time we make that happen.”

FedEx Office Southeast Region 47 Along for the Ride at Pocono

FedEx Office recognizes the Southeast Region 47 for their strong President’s Club standing by having their region code “R47” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Pocono Raceway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway

940 Schechter Dr. 
Suite 1, 
Wilkes Barre, PA,
(570)819-0813

All-Star Race Recap

Denny Hamlin fought his way to a fourth-place finish in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a non-points event that awards $1 million to the race winner. After the #11 FedEx Express Toyota sustained right-rear fender damage during the first Stage, Hamlin fell as far back as 19th before rallying to the front. By Stage 3, Hamlin capitalized on the tight-pack racing and elected to refrain from making any additional pit stops, and he positioned himself as a strong contender for the race lead. Hamlin lined up sixth for the race’s final 10-lap dash to the finish, and made his way to third before a caution tightened up the field for a restart with only two laps remaining. Hamlin lined up on the inside row behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez, and together, the two took off, battling a hard-charging Kevin Harvick in the outside groove. Hamlin and Suarez did their best to thwart off the No. 4 car, but Harvick’s speed was too much to overcome.

Charlotte Preview

The Series remains in North Carolina for the longest mileage race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, this Sunday, May 27. Hamlin continues to chase down his first career victory at the 1.5-mile speedway, but he has notched eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes in 25 starts at CMS. In his last five starts at ‘NASCAR’s home track’, Hamlin has collected four top-five finishes, including a fifth-place finish in this race last season.

Daytona Debut -- #11 FedEx Cares, Team Rubicon Toyota Unveiled

The FedEx Racing team unveiled a special #11 FedEx Cares paint scheme that Hamlin will race for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7. The scheme highlights the relationship between FedEx and Team Rubicon, an organization that unites the skills and expertise of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams following natural disasters. 

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 12 regular season races, Hamlin has led 226 laps resulting in an $25,086 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Coca-Cola 600
Date/Time Sunday, May 27/6 p.m. ET
Format 400 Laps/600 Miles
Track Length 1.5 mile
Track Shape Tri-oval
Banking Turns: 17-20°; Straights: 5-11°
2017 Winner Austin Dillon

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Races 25
Wins 0
Poles 2
Top-5 8
Top-10 16
Laps Led 347
Average Start 10.8
Average Finish 12.4

Hamlin Conversation:

You’ve notched four top-five finishes in your last five starts at Charlotte. Do you believe you can continue that success this weekend?

“We had a shot to win last year’s Coca-Cola 600, and I’m hopeful that we have an opportunity to be in that same position again this year. We’ve learned a lot during our last couple visits to this track, and now we’ll do our best to apply that in Sunday’s race.”

Tell us more about the #11 FedEx Cares, Team Rubicon paint scheme you unveiled for the July 7 race at Daytona.

“It’s always fun to have new and interesting paint schemes. The fans love them. FedEx has used the race car the last few years to highlight FedEx Cares and the various organizations it supports. I have been lucky throughout my career to help support a lot of charities with FedEx, and I’m excited to hit the track in Daytona with this great FedEx Cares scheme.”

FedEx Ground Western Rockies District Along for the Ride at Charlotte

The FedEx Ground Western Rockies district will be recognized for their exceptional performance with its district code “WROK” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway

7741 Gateway Lane NW, 
Suite 110, 
Concord, NC, 
(704) 979-1971

Kansas Recap

Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team battled their way to a fifth-place finish in Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. Fighting an ill-handling FedEx Toyota throughout most of the race, Hamlin and the team never gave up and used a flurry of late-race cautions to gain track position to notch their fifth top-five of the season. Hamlin started the 400-mile event sixth and soon reported that the #11 was too tight in the beginning and became too loose as the tires wore. Despite fast pit stops by the FedEx crew, Hamlin could not get the car up to speed on restarts and with a lack of cautions, Hamlin became mired in the field, running outside the top-10 for much of the race. The FedEx team’s big break came when the yellow flag flew with just 20 laps to go. The caution forced a variety of strategies that saw some of the leaders pit. Hamlin took advantage of the situation and stayed out, catapulting the FedEx car from ninth in the running order to fourth. Following a wreck with nine laps remaining, Hamlin lined up fourth for the final restart and fought hard to maintain the spot, but Kyle Larson had fresher tires and took advantage of the enhanced grip to pass Hamlin with two laps remaining.

All-Star Race Preview

Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team return home to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race where drivers will be vying for a $1 million first-place prize. This year’s 80-lap exhibition race will again include four Stages (30/20/20/10 laps) with only green-flag laps counting during the final 10-lap segment. A new rules package including restrictor plates and 6-inch high spoilers has been introduced for the 2018 event, which will promote passing and tight competition.

Hamlin looks to revisit All-Star victory lane since his last trip there in 2015. In 11 All-Star starts, he has collected eight top-10 finishes, including a 10th-place finish in last year's event following a late-race wreck that forced him to retire with only two laps remaining.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 12 regular season races, Hamlin has led 226 laps resulting in an $25,086 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
Date/Time Saturday, May 19/6 p.m. ET
Format 80 laps; 4 Stages (30/20/20/10 laps)
Track Length 1.5 mile
Track Shape Quad-oval
Banking 24 degrees
2017 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Races 11
Wins 1 (2015)
Poles 1 (2015)
Top-5 3
Top-10 8
Laps Led 56
Average Start 11.6
Average Finish 10

Hamlin Conversation:

Without any points on the line, are you approaching the All-Star Race differently than you would a regular season event?

“Obviously the first-place prize makes things a little more exciting, and you can expect every driver to lay it all on line to win it. It will be interesting to see how the new rules package will affect competition, but one thing’s for sure -- we’ll still need to be up front for that last 10-lap segment where track position is everything.”

FedEx Express USCA station in West Columbia, SC, Along for the Ride at Charlotte

FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s USCA station in West Columbia, SC, for their outstanding customer service and involvement in the local community by featuring the call letters “USCA” on the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway

7741 Gateway Lane NW, 
Suite 110, 
Concord, NC, 
(704) 979-1971

Dover Recap

Denny Hamlin finished seventh in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, capturing his sixth top-10 finish of the 2018 season despite encountering multiple setbacks throughout the 400-lap event. Hamlin climbed his way to fourth in the first stage, but with only three laps remaining in the segment, he ran out of fuel and limped to a 14th-place Stage finish. He was then forced to pit for necessary fuel before pit road was opened, and the move resulted in a penalty that had Hamlin starting Stage 2 from the tail end of the longest line. He capitalized on the long-green flag runs of the second segment to gain track position, and he diligently worked his way to 13th by the Stage 2 conclusion. In the final stage, Hamlin charged his way to 11th, but his progress was interrupted when the field was red-flagged due to weather with 80 laps to go. Following the restart, Hamlin jumped up to eighth following a quick pit stop by the #11 crew, and used the remaining laps to chase down Ryan Blaney for the seventh-place spot.

Kansas Preview

The Series gears up for the second Saturday night race of the season at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. In 19 starts at the track, Denny has notched five top-five and six top-10 finishes and captured his lone win at the intermediate track in 2012. After starting seventh for this race last season, Denny finished 23rd after being involved in a wreck with only three laps to go.

Hamlin Heads to THE PLAYERS Championship

Alongside 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and seven-time Olympic medalist Shannon Miller, Denny Hamlin will serve as a celebrity panel judge at the FedEx Junior Business Challenge at THE PLAYERS Championship on Wednesday. Junior Achievement (JA) of North Florida students will pitch their original business concepts to the panel for the chance to advance to the TOUR Championship where JA students will present to earn a $75,000 donation from FedEx to their local JA chapter.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 11 regular season races, Hamlin has led 226 laps resulting in an $25,086donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race KC Masterpiece 400
Date/Time Saturday, May 12/ 8 p.m. ET
Distance 267 Laps/400.5 Miles
Track Length 1.5 mile
Track Shape Tri-oval
Banking Turns: 17-20°; Straights: 5-11°
2017 Winner Martin Truex, Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kansas Speedway
Races 19
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 5
Top-10 6
Laps Led 74
Average Start 12.6
Average Finish 16.4

Hamlin Conversation:

You captured your sixth top-10 finish of the 2018 season at Dover. Do you feel like you and your FedEx Racing team have gotten into a good rhythm?

“There’s obviously a few things we can tighten up, but for the most part, we’ve consistently found ourselves towards the front of the pack. We just need to limit some of our mistakes so that we can work on collecting more Stage points and be in a better position for the lead when it matters most.”

FedEx Freight Sunnyvale, Texas Service Center Along for the Ride at Kansas

FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Sunnyvale, Texas service center by featuring the call letters “EDA” on the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota at Kansas Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Kansas Speedway

13450 W 8th St. Pkwy, 
Lenexa, KS 66215, 
(913) 894-2010

Talladega Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 14th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, unable to overcome speeding penalties on pit road in the race’s final Stage. After starting fourth, Hamlin proved to be one of the best cars throughout the day in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, but a strong top-five pack had everyone fighting just to stay near the lead throughout the 188-lap race. Hamlin managed to lead 11 laps, but while running second in the third and final segment, the leaders dove for pit road trying to hang the #11 out to dry. Hamlin made a split-second decision to get to pit road in an effort to stay with the pack, but he was penalized for speeding entering the pits. The penalty would prove to be too much for the team to overcome with just 37 laps remaining in the race, and Hamlin went on to finish 14th overall.

Dover Preview

The Series heads to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s 400-lap race around the 24-degree banked ‘Monster Mile’. In 24 visits to the concrete oval, Hamlin has started from the pole position three times (tied for a career-best) and has qualified within the top-10 in his last eight consecutive starts. He finished eighth at Dover this time last year, even after sustaining major damage in a last-lap multi-car wreck.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led 11 laps at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, generating a $1,221 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After 10 regular season races, Hamlin has led 226 laps resulting in an $25,086 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race AAA 400 Drive for Autism
Date/Time Sunday, May 61/2 p.m. ET
Distance 400 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 1 mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24 degrees
2017 Winner Jimmie Johnson

Hamlin Statistics

Track Dover International Speedway
Races 24
Wins 0
Poles 3 (Tied for Career-Best)
Top-5 3
Top-10 9
Laps Led 276
Average Start 10.6
Average Finish 18.5

Hamlin Conversation:

You’ve led laps in all but one race so far this season. What do you think it will take to hold onto that top spot and get the FedEx team in Victory Lane?

“Our FedEx team has done a great job preparing our car to be in a spot to win, but I’ve made some mistakes and we’ve had some other issues that have unfortunately taken us out of contention. Last weekend (at Talladega) was a perfect example of trying too hard and it ultimately costing our team. Obviously we’ll continue to do everything we can to position ourselves for a win, and we’re remaining optimistic heading into Dover.”

Arizona/Utah Sales Team Along for the Ride at Dover

FedEx Office recognizes the Arizona/Utah Sales Team based on their March FY18 President’s Club rankings by having their call numbers “7389” appear on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota at the ‘Monster Mile’ this weekend.

FedEx Office – Closest to Dover International Speedway

117 Resource Center Pkwy, 
Birmingham, AL, 
(205) 981-0077

Richmond Recap

Denny Hamlin battled his way to a third-place finish in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Despite handling issues during the race’s first two stages, Hamlin capitalized on quick pit stops by the #11 FedEx Ground team in the final Stage to deliver his fourth consecutive top-five finish in his last four starts at his Virginia home track. Hamlin started the 300-mile event from the outside lane in fourth and immediately felt something amiss with the handling of his #11 FedEx Ground Toyota. He struggled to maintain his track position, and he slipped back to 14th as the first 100-lap Stage ran caution free. During the first stage break, the crew performed major adjustments to attempt to correct the handling issues. After restarting 14th, Hamlin climbed his way to eighth, but the tight-handling conditions persisted, and he was forced to settle for 11th at the end of the second caution-free Stage.

The race’s final Stage started with another long green-flag run and Hamlin capitalized on it to pick off his competitors one by one, and by lap 328, he was scored fifth. In the race’s final 50 laps, three cautions appeared, giving Hamlin another opportunity to pit. Quick work on pit road by the #11 FedEx crew earned Hamlin three spots, and he lined up second alongside teammate Kyle Busch for the restart with 25 laps to go. He maintained his position until the yellow flag waved with only three laps remaining, sending the 300-mile event into overtime. Hamlin restarted on the outside of the front row for the final moment, but was challenged by Chase Elliott for second, ultimately forcing him to third when the checkered flag waved.

Talladega Preview

The series travels to Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday’s 500-mile race on the Alabama tri-oval. Hamlin has secured five top-five and nine top-10 finishes at the Superspeedway in 24 starts, and he captured his first and only win at the 2.66-mile track in spring 2014, marking his first points-paying restrictor plate victory.

Hamlin at the Hub

Denny Hamlin and the entire #11 FedEx crew traveled to Memphis on Monday for a tour of the FedEx Express World Hub. The team got a first-hand look at how the massive operation receives, sorts and delivers roughly 1.5 million packages each night through the facility. Hamlin and his crew even had the opportunity to get up-close and personal with FedEx aircraft and learned what it takes to be a mechanic on a Boeing 767.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led six laps at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, generating a $666 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After nine regular season races, Hamlin has led 215 laps resulting in an $23,865 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Geico 500
Date/Time April 29/2:00p.m. ET
Distance 188 Laps/500.8 Miles
Track Length 2.66 miles
Track Shape Tri-oval
Banking 33 degrees
2017 Winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Talladega Superspeedway
Races 24
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 5
Top-10 9
Laps Led 291
Average Start 17.8
Average Finish 18.3

Hamlin Conversation:

How are you feeling as the Series heads from your hometown short track to a Superspeedway?

“Obviously we faced some challenges last weekend at Richmond, but overall it was a great effort by the whole team to make adjustments and finish strong in front of my hometown crowd. We’re hoping to build off that momentum and deliver another strong performance at Talladega, and we believe we have a good strategy to do just that.”

Tampa, Florida, FedEx Express Ramp Along for the Ride at Talladega

FedEx Express recognizes the team at the company’s Tampa, Florida ramp by having their call letters “TPAR” appear on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at Talladega Speedway this weekend.

FedEx Office – Closest to Talladega Superspeedway

132 S. Main St., 
Newark, DE 19711, 
(302)-368-5080

Bristol Recap

Denny Hamlin came back from three laps down to finish 14th in Monday's rain-postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nearly three-fifths of the 500-lap event had to be completed Monday after persistent rain on Sunday forced NASCAR to move the finish to the following day after 204 laps were complete. Hamlin was in second place when Sunday ended, and after the race resumed on Monday, he ran among the top-five early on. He finished Stage 2 in fourth on lap 250 and was primed to breakthrough with his first win of the season. Unfortunately, a loose wheel on an early pit stop in the final stage forced Hamlin to pit from the lead under green. Hamlin dropped in the running order and had to work with crew chief Mike Wheeler for the remainder of the event on differing strategies to try to make up the lost track position. The team utilized the wave around and earned the free pass to get back on the lead lap with 100 laps to go, but restarting at the tail end of the field proved difficult, as Hamlin stalled out. One late race caution bunched the field and Hamlin took the checkered flag in 14th. The result moved Hamlin up to eighth in the Series standings.

Richmond Preview

The series heads to Richmond Raceway for Saturday’s 400-lap race under the lights at Hamlin’s hometown track. The Chesterfield, Va., native has two wins at the three-quarter-mile speedway and has a led a career-best 1,653 laps around the Virginia oval. Hamlin picked up two of his ten career top-five finishes at Richmond in 2017 following a third-place finish in the spring and a fifth-place finish in the fall.

Short Track Showdown Returns

Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown returns after a two-year hiatus to Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. on Thursday, April 19. Joining Hamlin for the 200-lap pro-am late model charity race is Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch as well as NASCAR veteran Timothy Peters. All proceeds from the Short Track Showdown will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led four laps at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, generating a $444 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After eight regular season races, Hamlin has led 209 laps resulting in an $23,199 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Toyota Owners 400
Date/Time April 21/6:30p.m. ET
Distance 400 laps/300 miles
Track Length 0.75 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 14 degrees
2017 Winner Joey Logano

Hamlin Statistics

Track Richmond Raceway
Races 23
Wins 3
Poles 3 (Series-best among active drivers)
Top-5 10
Top-10 14
Laps Led 1,653 (career-best & Series-best)
Average Start 10
Average Finish 9.6

Hamlin Conversation:

After two top-five finishes at Richmond in 2017, how confident do you feel heading into this weekend’s race?

“Obviously after some unfortunate circumstances in Bristol, I’m looking forward to returning to Richmond where I know we can be competitive. This #11 FedEx team is more motivated than ever to get a win, and competing in from my hometown crowd always adds some an extra incentive.”

FedEx Ground Central District Along for the Ride at Richmond

The FedEx Ground Central district will be recognized by having its “CENT” call letters featured on the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at Richmond Raceway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Richmond Raceway

1111 E Main St, 
Richmond, VA, 
(804) 783-9880

Texas Recap

Denny Hamlin spun in Turn 3 early in the final stage of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, incurring heavy damage after contact with a number of cars and ending the #11 FedEx Racing Team’s day in 34th place. Hamlin lined up ninth for the restart to begin the race’s final stage. As the leaders jockeyed for position in the opening lap, Hamlin saw a window to pass on the inside line in Turn 3, but he was squeezed down a bit by competitor Aric Almirola. The loss of side force loosened up the #11 machine and sent Hamlin spinning in the middle of the track. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson were collected in the incident and the #11 FedEx Office Toyota sustained extensive damage. Hamlin started Sunday’s 334-lap event fifth and ran among the leaders in the opening laps, however a speeding penalty during the team’s first stop on Lap 55 sent him back in the order, one lap down. He earned the free pass at the end of the stage, but an additional penalty during the break for an uncontrolled tire sent the #11 to the back again to start Stage 2. Hamlin spent that entire segment trying to make up track position, eventually finishing eighth at the race’s midpoint.

Bristol Preview

The Series makes its way to “Thunder Valley” for Sunday’s 500-lap event around the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. In his last five starts at the concrete short track, Hamlin has collected three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes. During the Series’ visit to Bristol last spring, Hamlin lined up second for the race’s final restart with 32 laps remaining, but the less-preferred groove prevented him from advancing forward and he was forced to settle for a 10th-place finish.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led 12 laps at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, generating a $1,332 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After seven regular season races, Hamlin has led 205 laps resulting in an $22,755 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Toyota Owners 400
Date/Time April 21/6:30p.m. ET
Distance 400 laps/300 miles
Track Length 0.75 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 14 degrees
2017 Winner Joey Logano

Hamlin Statistics

Track BristolMotor Speedway
Races 24
Wins 1
Poles 3
Top-5 7
Top-10 12
Laps Led 607
Average Start 14.2
Average Finish 15.4

Hamlin Conversation:

Sunday’s race at Texas ended early for you and your FedEx Racing team. How do you all move on from that and prepare for Bristol?

“Our team was definitely capable of winning the race at Texas, and I blame myself for putting us in a position we shouldn’t have been in. It’s obviously an unfortunate situation, but we’re more motivated than ever to perform well at Bristol, and I have no doubt we can pull it off.”

Montgomery, Ala. FedEx Freight Service Center Along for the Ride at Bristol

FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Montgomery, Ala. service center for their outstanding service by featuring the call letters “MGM” on the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Bristol Motor Speedway

2116 N. Roan Street, 
Suite 1A, 
Johnson City, TN 37601, 
(423) 283-9503

Martinsville Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 12th at Martinsville Speedway, leading 111 laps and collecting his first Stage win of the 2018 season during the 500-lap event around the Virginia half-mile. Hamlin spent the race’s first two Stages racing within the top five until the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota sustained slight damage late in the race’s final Stage that prevented him for making a run at the checkered. Hamlin lined up fifth for the race’s final Stage, finally settling into fourth on lap 351. By lap 380, fifth-place contender Kevin Harvick caught up to Hamlin and challenged him for his position, and the hard-fought battle between the two competitors ultimately resulted in a damaged front bumper on the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota. A caution appeared shortly after the incident on lap 385, giving the #11 team a chance to assess the damage on pit road. The crew refreshed the #11 with four tires and fuel during the scheduled stop, however Hamlin was forced to visit pit road for a second time to fix the nose damage and avoid the car from further overheating. The additional stop cost Hamlin valuable track position, and he restarted 15th to complete the race’s final 109 laps. Hamlin picked up three spots during the long green-flag run, finding himself 12th when the checkered flag flew.

Texas Preview

The Series returns to action this Sunday at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin has led 220 circuits around the Fort Worth track and collected six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 24 starts in the Lone Star State. Last spring, Hamlin and the #11 team finished 25th at Texas after starting 17th.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led 111 laps at Martinsville last Monday, generating a $12,321 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After six regular season races, Hamlin has led193 laps resulting in an $21,423 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will ultimately be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
Date/Time April 8/2p.m. ET
Distance 334 laps/501 miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24 degrees
2017 Winner Jimmie Johnson

Hamlin Statistics

Track Texas Motor Speedway
Races 24
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 12
Laps Led 220
Average Start 15.2
Average Finish 12.2

Hamlin Conversation:

How will you approach Texas Motor Speedway this weekend?

“Texas Motor Speedway is definitely a challenge and a different race track than what it used to be before they repaved it. Even though it’s physically one of the widest tracks on the circuit, it’s one of the fastest and narrowest that we race on since it has really turned into a one-lane track. We didn’t have our best race there last spring, but I feel like our team has really made some gains to be competitive this time around.”

FedEx Office’s Phoenix North District Along for the Ride at Texas

The Phoenix North District will be recognized for being the leading district based on FedEx’s February Feb FY18 President’s Club rankings by having its district code “D37” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Texas Motor Speedway

9604 Old Denton Road, 
Suite 104, 
Fort Worth, TX 76244, 
(817) 741-3585

Auto Club Recap

Denny Hamlin finished sixth in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, rebounding from an early error on pit road to score his fourth top-10 finish of the season. The first yellow flag of the day waved on lap 39 for a single-car incident with Hamlin running 11th in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota. The caution allowed Hamlin to make his way to pit road for his second stop of the day for four tires and fuel, however upon entering his stall, he slightly overshot his marks and was forced to correct his mistake, costing the #11 FedEx team 10 positions in the race off pit road. Despite the setback, Hamlin worked to remedy the error, and he capitalized on his long-run speed throughout the remainder of the 400-mile race to find his spot amongst the field’s top 10, earning bonus points in each of the race’s first two Stages (finishing 10th and fourth respectively). Hamlin remains sixth in the overall points standings after his sixth-place finish at Auto Club, trailing 40 points behind new points leader Martin Truex Jr. after five races this season.

Martinsville Preview

After a three-week stint out West, the Series makes its way back to the East Coast for a 500-lap short track race at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin is no stranger to the flat, half-mile oval, and after 25 Cup Series starts at the ‘paperclip’, the Chesterfield, Va., native has collected a career-best five wins and three pole positions, as well as 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. He was forced to a 30th-place finish at last year’s spring event after sustaining damage from a multi-car wreck late in the race.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After five regular season races, Hamlin has led 82 laps resulting in an $9,102 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide which will be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race STP 500
Date/Time March 25/2p.m. ET
Distance 500 laps/263 miles
Track Length 0.526-mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 12 degrees
2017 Winner Brad Keselowski

Hamlin Statistics

Track Martinsville Speedway
Races 24
Wins 5 (career-best)
Poles 3 (tied for career-best)
Top-5 12 (career-best)
Top-10 18 (career-best)
Laps Led 1,394
Average Start 9.6
Average Finish 10

Hamlin Conversation:

What are your expectations for this weekend at Martinsville?

“We’ve had a strong start to the season, we’re just still searching for that little bit of speed we need to really contend for a win. Obviously, Martinsville is a place where I know I can be successful, so I’m looking forward to getting back there.”

FedEx Ground Northern California District Along for the Ride at Martinsville

The Anchorage, Alaska, FedEx Express Hub will be recognized at Auto Club Speedway by having its “ANCH” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend.

FedEx Office – Closest to Martinsville Speedway

3731 Battleground Ave, 
Greensboro, NC 27410, 
(336) 282-5650

Phoenix Recap

Denny Hamlin overcame a mid-race pit stop miscue to lead 33 laps and record a fourth-place finish in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway, rallying from the tail end of the field in the event won by Kevin Harvick. Hamlin made his final pit stop from fourth with 55 laps remaining and narrowly maintained that position after fending off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr. to the checkers. Hamlin started sixth in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, and stayed among the top-10 throughout the first two stages on the flat, one-mile oval. However, Hamlin parked too close to pit wall during the team's fourth pit stop, hindering the jackman's ability to properly jack up the #11 machine, sending Hamlin back to 29th in the lineup. Hamlin calmly worked his way through traffic, picking off positions on his march back totowards the front, eventually taking the lead that lasted 33 laps before Kyle Busch, Harvick and Chase Elliott made their way past the FedEx Toyota. The finish marked Hamlin’s third top-five finish this season and moved him up two spots to sixth in the overall standings.

Fontana Preview

The Series heads to Fontana, Calif., for Sunday’s 400-mile race at Auto Club Speedway that marks the final leg of the ‘West Coast Swing.’ After 16 career starts at the Southern California track, Hamlin has recorded two top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and three pole starting positions, as well as a career-best finish of third (2008 and 2016).

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin showed the way for 33 laps during Sunday’s race at Phoenix, triggering a $3,663 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After four regular season races, Hamlin has led 81 laps resulting in an $8,991 donation to Safe Kids which will be matched by the Denny Hamlin Foundation. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race STP 500
Date/Time March 25/2p.m. ET
Distance 500 laps/263 miles
Track Length 0.526-mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 12 degrees
2017 Winner Brad Keselowski

Hamlin Statistics

Track Martinsville Speedway
Races 24
Wins 5 (career-best)
Poles 3 (tied for career-best)
Top-5 12 (career-best)
Top-10 18 (career-best)
Laps Led 1,394
Average Start 9.6
Average Finish 10

Hamlin Conversation:

You’ve collected three top-five finishes after four starts this season. Are you pleased with the consistency?

“Our #11 FedEx Racing team has been running well which has shown in how we’ve been able to lead laps and rebound after pit miscues. Obviously, I want to be a little faster and more consistent and eliminate some of the mistakes we’re making on pit road.”

FedEx Express Anchorage, Alaska, Hub Along for the Ride at Auto Club Speedway

The FedEx Ground Northern California district will be recognized for outstanding service and quality with its district code “NCAL” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Auto Club Speedway

11334 4th St., 
Suite 102, 
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, 
(909) 481-2277

Vegas Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 17th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, unable to overcome a speeding penalty on pit road in Stage 2 in the race won by Kevin Harvick. Hamlin was one of the quickest cars throughout the day in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, but a 19th-place starting position and mid-race penalty never allowed the team to capitalize on track position at the 1.5-mile oval. Hamlin dropped to eighth in the standings following the race at Las Vegas, 38 points behind Harvick after three of 26 regular season races.

Phoenix Preview

The Series makes its way to ISM Raceway in Phoenix (Ariz.) for the second of three stops that are a part of NASCAR’s ‘West Coast Swing.’ In 25 career starts, Hamlin has collected 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at the one-mile oval in the desert. He rallied to a 10th-place finish at the track during last year’s spring event after a punctured tire forced him to start the race from the tail end of the field.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After three regular season races, Hamlin has led 48 laps, triggering a $5,328 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race TicketGuardian 500
Date/Time March 11/3:30 p.m. ET
Distance 312 laps/312 miles
Track Length 1 mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 9-11 degrees
2017 Winner Ryan Newman

Hamlin Statistics

Track ISM Raceway
Races 25
Wins 1 (2012)
Poles 2
Top-5 10
Top-10 14
Laps Led 638
Average Start 11.3
Average Finish 11.8

Hamlin Conversation:

What are you most looking forward to this weekend at Phoenix?

“I’m obviously looking forward to Phoenix after a disappointing finish in Vegas. It was an unforced error that ultimately cost us out there, but it’s behind us, and I’m ready to move forward. Our team has high hopes for this weekend (at Phoenix), and I think we can get back into the top-five where we started this season.”

FedEx Express Anchorage, Alaska, Hub Along for the Ride at Auto Club Speedway

The FedEx Ground Northern California district will be recognized for outstanding service and quality with its district code “NCAL” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Auto Club Speedway

11334 4th St., 
Suite 102, 
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, 
(909) 481-2277

Atlanta Recap

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in Sunday’s 500-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, claiming his second top-five of the season in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota as a result of a calculated pit strategy championed by Crew Chief Mike Wheeler. The top-five competitors visited pit road on lap 213 for their first green-flag pit stops of Stage 3, while Hamlin stayed out and assumed the race lead. He elected to make his scheduled green-flag stop 12 laps later on lap 225, capitalizing on four fresh tires to improve his overall speed over the competition. Hamlin continued to execute the strategy, making his final green-flag, four-tire pit stop of the race on lap 274. The strategy paid dividends, and Hamlin moved into second behind leader Kevin Harvick, however a caution on lap 298 gave the entire field an opportunity to pit together. After receiving four tires and fuel, Hamlin lined up third for the final restart with 22 laps remaining, making his way to fourth as the checkered waved. Hamlin started Sunday’s rain-delayed event from the 12th-place spot and worked diligently to improve his track positon during the race’s first 85-lap Stage, finishing ninth and picking up two Championship points when the first green-checkered flew. He went on to collect an additional five Championship points for a sixth-place result at the conclusion of Stage 2. Hamlin’s finish moves him to third in the overall points standings behind leader Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney.

Las Vegas Preview

NASCAR’s ‘West Coast Swing’ begins this weekend as the Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile event. Hamlin remains winless at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, but he has earned himself two top-five and six top-10 finishes in his past 12 starts, including the sixth-place finish he collected during last year’s visit to Vegas.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led 26 laps during Sunday’s race at Atlanta, triggering a $2,886 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.

Race Info

Race Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
Date/Time March 4/3:30 p.m. ET
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Tri-oval
Banking 20 degrees
2017 Winner Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Races 12
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 2
Top-10 6
Laps Led 14
Average Start 19.2
Average Finish 12.2

Hamlin Conversation:

What are you most looking forward to as the Series heads West?

“After a couple of strong finishes at Daytona and Atlanta, our #11 FedEx team obviously has some great momentum going. We’re really looking forward to these next few weeks where we’ll really be able to continue to make improvements and assess our performance.”

Phoenix, Arizona, Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Team Along for the Ride at Las Vegas

The Phoenix, AZ Hilton Tapatio Cliffs FedEx Office Team will be recognized for being a leading team based on FedEx’s January FY18 President’s Club ratings by having its “5594” code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

228 S Nellis Blvd., 
Las Vegas, NV 89104, 
(702) 431-5076

Daytona Success

The Series kicks off its regular season this Sunday with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin will start the event from the front row alongside Alex Bowman after posting the second fastest lap time (46.132) during single-car qualifying Sunday, and it will be his sixth top-five start in 25 races at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. In addition to claiming the title of “2016 Daytona 500 Champion,” Hamlin has also led a total of 385 laps on the high banks of Daytona, and notched six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 24 career starts.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares Returns

FedEx is bringing back Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares for the 2018 NASCAR season, a program that ties the on-track performance of the #11 FedEx Toyota to FedEx’s efforts to improve road safety 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. If the #11 team wins the 2018 NASCAR championship, FedEx will also contribute $111,000 to Safe Kids. In the program’s inaugural year, FedEx donated more $100,810 as a result of Denny’s 710 laps led and two race wins.

NEW for 2018 -- Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

New for the upcoming season – starting with Sunday’s Daytona 500 – The Denny Hamlin Foundation will match the total FedEx donation to Safe Kids Worldwide as a part of this year’s Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares initiative.

Race Info

Race Daytona 500
Date/Time Feb. 18/2:30 p.m. ET
Distance 200 laps/500 miles
Track Length 2.5 miles
Track Shape Tri-oval
Banking 31 degrees
2017 Winner Kurt Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway
Races 24
Wins 1 (2016)
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 7
Laps Led 385
Average Start 17.7
Average Finish 17.4

Hamlin Conversation:

How do you feel heading into Daytona 500 race weekend, especially now that you’ve qualified on the front row?

“I’m ready to race. This car is ready to race. It’s handling well and we’re looking forward to Thursday (Duel), especially now that we’ve locked in our spot on the front row to start the (Daytona) 500. I’m so proud of FedEx and TRD (Toyota Racing Development), and all of the hard work that the fab shop at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) has done. I couldn’t be prouder to represent them and hopefully we’ll get us another Daytona 500 next Sunday.”

Tell us more about Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares and your match this season.

“I’ve shared so many successes on and off the track with FedEx, and I’m glad that I can continue to be directly involved with their FedEx Cares programs. Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares is one program that allows me to do that, and this year, I’m really excited to share that The Denny Hamlin Foundation is going to match FedEx’s donation to Safe Kids Worldwide as a part of it. Being able to connect their cause with my (Denny Hamlin) Foundation is a natural fit, and I’m looking forward to leading laps and winning a lot of races this season.”

Safe Kids Worldwide Along for the Ride at Daytona

FedEx is a recognizing Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play, during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway by featuring the letters “SKW” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota.

For more than 18 years, FedEx has been working with nonprofits such as Safe Kids Worldwide to help advance road safety in the U.S., and just last year in 2017, FedEx introduced the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program which ties the on-track success of the #11 FedEx Racing team to charitable donations for Safe Kids.

FedEx Office – Closest to Daytona International Speedway

2274 W. International Speedway Blvd.,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 323-7840

Clash at Daytona

Hamlin starts his unofficial 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign this Sunday with the 75-lap Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. He’s a three-time winner of the event and is only one of six drivers to win both the Clash and DAYTONA 500 during the same Speedweeks. Hamlin led a race-high 48 laps during last year’s feature – and appeared to be in route to his fourth Clash win – until a last-lap crash relegated him to a 13th-place finish in the non-points event. This year’s race will again be 75 laps and separated into two segments with a competition caution on lap 25 separating the segments.

Race Info

Race Advance Auto Parts Clash
Date/Time Feb. 11/3:00 p.m. ET
Distance 75 laps/187.5 miles
Track Length 2.5 miles
Track Shape Tri-oval
Banking 31 degrees
2017 Winner Joey Logano

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway
Races 12
Wins 3 (2006, 2014, 2016)
Top-5 5
Top-10 6
Laps Led 134

Hamlin Conversation – Back on Track

“After a couple months off the track, I’m looking forward to heading back to Daytona to get our 2018 season rolling. There’s obviously a lot of things that happened in the off season between crew and teammate changes that we’ll have to consider as we get the season started, but I’m confident our FedEx Racing team is returning ready to win. We’ve had great success during past Speedweeks, and after a strong 2017 season, we’re more motivated than ever to perform at the highest level.”

Safe Kids Worldwide Along for the Ride at Daytona

FedEx is a recognizing Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play, during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway by featuring the letters “SKW” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota.

For more than 18 years, FedEx has been working with nonprofits such as Safe Kids Worldwide to help advance road safety in the U.S., and just last year in 2017, FedEx introduced the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program which ties the on-track success of the #11 FedEx Racing team to charitable donations for Safe Kids. In the program’s inaugural year, FedEx donated more $100,810 as a result of Denny’s 710 laps led and two race wins.

FedEx Office – Closest to Daytona International Speedway

2274 W. International Speedway Blvd.,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 323-7840