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2018 Pre-Race Reports

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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

Phoenix Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 13th in Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway after contact with Kurt Busch in a late-race battle for the lead caused significant damage to the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota. Hamlin started the 312-lap race from 10th and immediately began driving to the front to finish third in Stage 1. Varying pit strategies in Stage 2 saw Hamlin finish 12th, as many others stayed out or took just two tires in a caution late in that segment. In the final stage, Hamlin worked himself back into the top-10 when a caution came out with 50 laps to go. After electing to stay on track during the yellow, Hamlin restarted third, and dove to the inside of Kurt Busch and leader Erik Jones in Turns 1 and 2. Unfortunately, the #11 machine got loose and washed up the track, pinching Busch into the outside wall. Busch caromed back into the racing line and spun Hamlin in front of the field, with a host of other cars collected in the incident. The resulting damage forced Hamlin to pit, and ultimately relegated him to a 13th-place finish.  

Homestead Preview

The Series heads south for the final race of the 2018 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway where Denny Hamlin is a two-time winner -- a Series-high among active drivers. In 31 career starts at Homestead, Hamlin has led 213 circuits around the1.5-mile track and collected four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. In his last visit to Homestead, Hamlin qualified on the pole and went on to finish ninth. This weekend, he will attempt to join Cale Yarborough, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth as the only drivers to win a Cup race on their birthday. 

Denny Delivers at ISM Raceway

In advance of Sunday’s Cup race, Hamlin will visit ISM Raceway to help the track deliver and install the final grandstand seat into their newly renovated stadium. Hamlin will be joined by Julie Giese, President of ISM Raceway, as well as by the season ticket holder of that very seat – Section 150, Row 38, Seat 11 – to commemorate the delivery. The event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. MT this Wednesday, Nov. 7.  

Happy Campers

Hamlin will make his way through the ISM Raceway campgrounds on Friday, Nov. 9 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. MT to interact with fans and pass out some treats to campers with the help of FedEx. For information on how you can take more control of deliveries with FedEx Delivery Manager, visit fedex.com/deliver

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

With one race remaining, Hamlin has led 339 laps this season, resulting in a $37,629 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 Ford EcoBoost 400
Date/Time Sunday, Nov. 18/3 p.m. ET
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length 1.5 mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 18 - 20°
2017 Winner Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Homestead-Miami Speedway 
Races 2
Wins 2 (Series-high among active drivers) 
Poles 2 (2015 & 2017, Tied for Series-high among active drivers)
Top-5 4
Top-10 9
Laps Led 213
Average Start 21.3
Average Finish 10.5

Hamlin Conversation:

What is your ultimate goal this weekend as the Series heads to Homestead for the 2018 season finale?

“Obviously the season up to this point has not gone as we planned, but we’ve learned a lot and are going to do whatever we can to get the win at Miami this weekend. We’ve seen success there before, so there’s no doubt in my mind we can make it happen. I’m proud of the hard work this FedEx Racing team has been putting in, and we’re hoping it finally pays off at Miami.”  

FedEx Express Mid-Atlantic Hub Along for the Ride at Homestead

FedEx Express will recognize the company’s Mid-Atlantic Hub at the Greensboro, North Carolina Piedmont Triad International Airport by featuring the call letters “GSOH” on the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  

FedEx Office – Closest to Homestead-Miami Speedway

18755 S Dixie Hwy,
Suite 57,
Miami, FL 33157,
(305) 235-2911

Texas Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 30th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway after a first-turn, first-lap incident foiled the #11 FedEx Racing team's chances for victory in the event won by Kevin Harvick. Hamlin started the race from the sixth position, but as the field dove into turn 1, Hamlin was hit in the left side as the drivers fought for positions. The contact resulted in a severe tire rub, and Hamlin was forced to pit multiple times after only 10 laps of racing, dropping the #11 FedEx Office Toyota three laps down to the leaders. Between the aerodynamic disadvantage and the lack of cautions, the FedEx Team was unable to put themselves in a position to get back on the lead lap and Hamlin remained multiple laps down throughout the remainder of the 337-lap race. 

Phoenix Preview

With only two races remaining in the 2018 season, the Series returns to Phoenix for the first race on the reconfigured one-mile ISM Raceway. In 26 starts at Phoenix, Denny has secured 11 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes, including a single victory in 2012. In his last appearance at the track in April, Denny rallied from the rear of the field after a pit road miscue to finish fourth. 

Denny Delivers at ISM Raceway

In advance of Sunday’s Cup race, Hamlin will visit ISM Raceway to help the track deliver and install the final grandstand seat into their newly renovated stadium. Hamlin will be joined by Julie Giese, President of ISM Raceway, as well as by the season ticket holder of that very seat – Section 150, Row 38, Seat 11 – to commemorate the delivery. The event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. MT this Wednesday, Nov. 7.  

Happy Campers

Hamlin will make his way through the ISM Raceway campgrounds on Friday, Nov. 9 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. MT to interact with fans and pass out some treats to campers with the help of FedEx. For information on how you can take more control of deliveries with FedEx Delivery Manager, visit fedex.com/deliver

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 34 total races this season, Hamlin has led 339 laps resulting in a $37,629 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 Can-Am 500
Date/Time Sunday, Nov. 11/ 2:30 p.m. ET
Distance 312 laps/312 miles 
Track Length 1 mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 9 - 11°
2017 Winner Matt Kenseth

Hamlin Statistics

Track ISM Raceway (Phoenix)
Races 26
Wins 1
Poles 2
Top-5 11
Top-10 15
Laps Led 671
Average Start 11.1
Average Finish 11.5

Hamlin Conversation:

You had a chance to test ISM Raceway last month, but Sunday will be the first time the Cup Series will be competing on the reconfigured track surface. What can we expect in the desert this weekend?

“It was pretty incredible to see firsthand all of the new changes ISM (Raceway) has made to both the track surface and the fan experience. The new position of the start/finish line will obviously keep things interesting, and restarts are going to be wilder than ever. I have no doubt that the fans are going to see an exciting race.” 

FedEx Ground Great Plains District Along for the Ride at Phoenix

FedEx Ground will recognize the company’s Great Plains district at ISM Raceway this weekend by featuring the call letters “GPLS” on the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota.  

FedEx Office – Closest to ISM Raceway

9925 W McDowell Rd.,
Suite 105,
Avondale, AZ 85392,
(623) 643-9873

Martinsville Recap

Denny Hamlin finished second in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, capitalizing on long-run speed to collect his third Stage win of the season and position the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota for its second runner-up finish in its past four starts. Hamlin lined up fourth for the race’s final restart on lap 463, but he was forced to settle into fifth as the leaders fought side-by-side for position. He continued to battle his way to the front of the field as the laps ticked and moved into third with only a handful of laps remaining. In the final lap, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. collided as they fought for the top spot, and Denny dove to the bottom of the track to avoid the melee and catapult his way to a second-place result. Hamlin’s second-place finish at Martinsville moves him up one spot to 11th in the overall points standings.

Texas Preview

With only three races remaining in the 2018 season, the Series returns to action at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for its second event there this year. In his 25 starts at the Fort Worth track, Denny has led 232 laps and collected six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Denny looks to improve upon his 34th-place result from Texas in the spring after a mutli-car wreck in the race’s final Stage took him out of contention. 

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

Hamlin led 31 laps at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, generating a $3,441 donation to Safe Kids on behalf of FedEx. After 33 total races this season, Hamlin has led 339 laps resulting in a $37,629 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 AAA Texas 500
Date/Time Sunday, Nov. 4/ 3 p.m. ET
Distance 334 laps / 501 miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24°
2017 Winner Kevin Harvick

Hamlin Statistics

Track Texas Motor Speedway
Races 25
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 12
Laps Led 232
Average Start 14.8
Average Finish 13.0

Hamlin Conversation:

How motivated are you to win following last weekend’s result at Martinsville?

“I wanted that win so badly (at Martinsville), but I can’t be disappointed with how well our FedEx Camry ran all weekend long. We’ll look ahead now, and we’ve got three really good race tracks ahead of us where we’ll see if we can get it done.”

FedEx Office Government Sales Team Along for the Ride at Texas

FedEx Office recognizes the company’s Government Sales team for being the leading team in their September FY19 President’s Club rankings by featuring the call letters “GOVT” on the #11 FedEx Office Toyota at Texas. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Texas Motor Speedway

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

Kansas Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 14th in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway after sustaining front-end damage early on in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, collecting his 25th top-15 this season in the 400-mile event won by Chase Elliott. The FedEx Racing crew worked to remedy the damage, but the aerodynamic disadvantage was too much to overcome, and Hamlin found himself running mid-pack for the duration of the race. Following Sunday's finish, Hamlin moved up one spot to 12th in the overall NASCAR point standings.

Martinsville Preview

With only four races remaining in the 2018 season, the Series returns to Martinsville for Sunday’s 500-lap event around the half-mile ‘Paperclip’. Hamlin is no stranger to the short track’s Victory Lane and has captured a career-best five wins at Martinsville in 25 total starts. He also boasts a career-best 12 top-five and18 top-10 finishes with 1,505 laps led around the narrow oval.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 32 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 First Data 500
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 28/2:30 p.m. ET
Distance 500 Laps/263 Miles
Track Length .526 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 12°
2017 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Martinsville Speedway
Races 25
Wins 5 (career best)
Poles 3 (tied for career best)
Top-5 12 (career best)
Top-10 18 (career best)
Laps Led 1,505
Average Start 9.4
Average Finish 10.1

Hamlin Conversation:

“Our finish at Martinsville in the spring (12th) doesn’t reflect the speed we actually had, so I’m looking forward to improving upon that this weekend. Martinsville is obviously somewhere where this FedEx Racing team has had success, so I have no doubt that this is the place where we could go and get that win we’re continuing to work hard for.” 

FedEx Freight’s Roanoke, Virginia, Service Center Along for the Ride at Martinsville

FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Roanoke, Va. service center for being named the FY18 PSP Center of the Year by featuring the call letters “ROA” on the #11 FedEx Freight Camry this weekend at Martinsville. The Roanoke service center opened in 1997 and has more than 125 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to Martinsville Speedway

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

Talladega Recap

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in Sunday’s 500-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, battling his way to the front of the pack in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota to collect his ninth top-five result of the 2018 season. A multi-car wreck on the race’s final, scheduled lap triggered a NASCAR overtime restart, and Hamlin lined up 10th for the ensuing two-lap shootout. Although Hamlin was immediately forced into a three wide, he fought for position and found a gap between the front-runners to secure a fourth-place finish behind race winner Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Kansas Preview

With only five race remaining this season, the Series returns to Kansas for Sunday’s 267-lap event around the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Hamlin’s two most recent results at Kansas are a pair of fifth-place finishes, and in 20 starts at the speedway, he has collected six top-five and seven top-10 finishes along with a single win in 2012.

Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares

After 31 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 Hollywood Casino 400
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 21/2:30 p.m. ET
Distance 267 Laps/400.5 Miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 17-20°; Straights: 5-11°
2017 Winner Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kansas Speedway
Races 20
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 7
Laps Led 74
Average Start 12.3
Average Finish 15.8

Hamlin Conversation:

“We’re excited to keep the momentum going after a pair of top-five finishes, and Kansas is somewhere I think we can do that. I struggled a bit there (Kansas) after the repave, but obviously our results from our past couple of visits there show we’ve improved and can be competitive.”

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

The Phoenix North District will be recognized for being the leading district based on FedEx’s February August FY19 President’s Club rankings by having its district code “D37” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Kansas Speedway.  

FedEx Office – Closest to Kansas Speedway

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

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

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.

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 overcame adversity to register a strong finish once again, finishing fifth at Bristol Motor Speedway after a speeding penalty knocked him out of the lead and sent him to the rear of the field. Hamlin started fifth in the FedEx Freight Toyota and ran in positions from first to 15th in the first half of the 500-lap race. A strategic, two-tire pit stop call by crew chief Chris Gabehart in Stage 3 had Denny positioned to take the lead on a restart with fewer than 100 laps to go, but a pit-road speeding penalty forced him to the rear of the field. Relegated to 15th, Denny and the #11 FedEx team went to work to get back toward the front. Gabehart gave his driver fresh tires at every opportunity for the remainder of the race, including under a caution when none of the leaders came to pit road. The strategy paid off, with Denny passing his way up to a fifth-place finish.

Richmond Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to Denny Hamlin’s home track of Richmond Raceway for a Saturday night race on April 13. The Chesterfield, Va., native has three wins at the three-quarter mile speedway and has led a career-best 1,659 laps around the Virginia oval. With two wins to his name already this season, Hamlin and team will be seeking their third victory, potentially moving them into first in the Cup Series standings.  

Race Info

Race Toyota Owners 400
Date/Time April 13/7:30 p.m. ET
Distance 400 laps/300 miles
Track Length 0.75 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 14 degrees
2018 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Richmond Raceway
Races 25
Wins 3 (2009, 2010, 2016)
Poles 3 (Series-best among active drivers)
Top-5 11
Top-10 15
Laps Led 1,659
Average Start 9.4
Average Finish 9.6

Hamlin Conversation:

Despite facing some adversity at Bristol, how did your team respond to secure a top-five finish?

“We didn’t really have a top-five car for much of the race, but my crew chief gave me options that helped us finish in the top five. I’m mad at myself for speeding, but I’m proud of this team for grinding and having a strategy that allowed me to be aggressive at the end.”

How does it feel to be heading home next weekend for the race at Richmond?

“It’s always a thrill getting to race in front of my hometown fans. I’ve been fortunate to have had success at Richmond, and I know my team and I are excited for the challenge ahead this weekend.”

FedEx Ground Northeast District Along for the Ride at Richmond Raceway

For the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, the FedEx #11 will feature the letters “NEST” on its B-Post to recognize the FedEx Ground Northeast district for excelling in metrics that reflect strong employee retention. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Richmond Raceway

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

Texas Recap

Denny Hamlin notched his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season at Texas Motor Speedway after overcoming two penalties in the #11 FedEx Camry during the 334-lap race. Hamlin took the lead for the final time with just 12 laps remaining, following a pit stop for a splash of fuel that sealed the victory for the FedEx team. However, Hamlin's race up to that point was anything but easy, as he suffered two pit road penalties, one for speeding and one for an uncontrolled tire that would send the #11 to the back of the field each time. But, Hamlin had a fast Toyota Camry and the penalties allowed him to show the rest of the field just how good the FedEx car was. Hamlin started the race sixth and maintained his position near the front throughout the early part of the race. But during the team’s first stop, Hamlin was caught speeding while exiting pit road, sending the FedEx car to the rear of the field, eventually crossing the line 19th at the conclusion of Stage 1. Stage 2 saw the #11 put on a show as Hamlin methodically pick off cars as the laps clicked. With nothing to lose, crew chief Chris Gabehart changed up the team’s strategy during a late-stage caution, calling Hamlin to pit road for fuel only. The gamble paid off and Hamlin restarted from the lead with 12 laps to go in the segment. Hamlin was able to hold off the cars with fresher tires to take the stage win. The Stage 2 win was short-lived when the team suffered an uncontrolled tire penalty, sending Hamlin to the back of the pack for the second time. Gabehart changed up the strategy again, pitting Hamlin off sequence with fresh tires for the first stop, and fuel only for the final two pit stops that allowed Hamlin to get his third career Texas Motor Speedway victory. Following the win, Hamlin maintains the second spot in the championship standings. 

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.

Race Info

Race Food City 500
Date/Time April 7/2:00 p.m. ET
Distance 500 laps/266.5 miles
Track Length 0.533 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24-28 degrees
2018 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Bristol Motor Speedway
Races 26
Wins 1 (2012)
Poles 3 (2013,2014,2015)
Top-5 7
Top-10 12
Laps Led 611
Average Start 14.4
Average Finish 15.3

Hamlin Conversation:

How was your team able to win today’s race, despite the two penalties?

“We had a really fast FedEx Camry today, just really fast. I told the team over the radio when I was making my way through the pack after the penalties, this really stinks because we’re probably not going to win with the fastest car. It was fun passing all those cars, it really was. It was great, we had such a fast car and that’s how we were able to make up time there at the end.” 

What is your team mostly looking forward to this weekend at Bristol?

“Bristol is always a fan favorite, and it would be such an awesome place to return to Victory Lane. We’re proud of our performance at Texas, but now our team is back to work with all our focus on the challenge at Bristol.”

FedEx Freight Memphis Service Center Along for the Ride at Bristol Motor Speedway

For the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Memphis, Tenn., service center by featuring the call letters MEM on the FedEx Freight #11. The Memphis service center, opened in 1982, has approximately 340 team members who are always committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

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 fifth at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, pushing his way back through the field after a pit road penalty sent him to the back of the pack midway through the race. Denny started the 500-lap race in the fifth position. He kept the FedEx Ground Toyota in the top five for the entire first half of the race, reaching as high as second, despite saying the car needed more help gripping the track through the short-track turns. The #11 team started Stage 3 in 20th – last on the lead lap – after a penalty for an uncontrolled tire in the pit. But, Denny gradually worked his way through the field as he circled the .526-mile, paperclip-shaped oval for the remainder of the race. He made his way into the top five with fewer than 50 laps to go and remained there until the checkered flag flew. The strong finish allowed Denny to jump two spots to second in the championship standings.

Texas Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for a 501-mile race on Sunday, March 31. Hamlin has collected six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes from 26 starts in the Lone Star State, and will be looking for his second checkered flag in the 2019 season. 

Race Info

Race O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
Date/Time Sunday, March 31/3:00 p.m. ET
Distance 334 laps/501 miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24 degrees
2018 Winner Kyle Busch

Hamlin Statistics

Track Texas Motor Speedway
Races 26
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 12
Laps Led 232
Average Start 14.4
Average Finish 13.7

Hamlin Conversation:

While your team captured a top-5 finish, what do you think made the difference in not getting the win this weekend?

“I thought we had a second- to fourth-place car depending on the scenario. But, I lost some spots on pit road, and we had a penalty for an uncontrolled tire and had to go to the back. We had to fight back toward the front, but we made a good day out of it.” 

The #11 crew has suffered from some penalties in recent weeks, what will need to change to give your team the best chance of winning this weekend in Texas?

“While our team has suffered from some penalties in recent weeks that have put us in a tough position to win, I am impressed by our team’s ability to respond to adversity and still come out with a good result. Every week we learn more about ourselves and are constantly correcting as much as we can to give us the best chance to win, and this weekend in Texas will be no different.”

District 129, the East Texas Team Along for the Ride at Texas

District 129, the FedEx East Texas team led by District Manager SuZanne Wilson, will be recognized on the B-posts of the #11 car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for being the top district YTD in packing performance to plan, at 114 percent. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Texas Motor Speedway

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

Fontana Recap

Denny Hamlin overcame multiple challenges to earn a seventh-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Sunday, leading laps and scoring stage points in the 400-mile race. Denny started the 200-lap event sixth, and took the lead twice within the first 12 laps. He also led for multiple laps late in the first stage. The later stages of the race dealt the #11 team a couple of setbacks, including a caution flag that flew right after the team pitted under green, putting Denny a lap down, and a speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the pack for a Stage 3 restart. Each time, the team battled back, with a fast FedEx Express Toyota propelling the team back into the top 10. Sunday’s performance allowed Denny to maintain his fourth-place position in the championship standings after five races. 

Martinsville Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, March 24, for 500 laps of short-track racing. After 26 starts at the track, Hamlin has a career-best five victories as well as career bests with 13 top-five finishes as well as 19 top-10 finishes. Hamlin and team will be looking to echo his previous strong performances at Martinsville as the #11 will be looking for its second victory of the 2019 season. 

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 26
Wins 5 (career-best)
Poles 3 (tied for career-best)
Top-5 13 (career-best)
Top-10 19 (career-best)
Laps Led 1,536
Average Start 9.2
Average Finish 9.8

Hamlin Conversation:

The FedEx #11 looked fast at Fontana. While your team still collected a top-10 finish, what do you think prevented your team from taking the checkered flag?

“I treat every race the same and I know our team is always working hard to give the FedEx Toyota the best chance to take the checkered flag. I’m proud of my accomplishments at Martinsville, but every race is different and we will need to be fully focused and be at our best if we are going to have a shot at winning this weekend.”

Having had so much previous success at Martinsville, does that give you extra excitement or motivation heading into race weekend?

“Our FedEx Toyota was fast, and I thought I was as good or better than everyone else, but we struggled on the long run and had the speeding penalty. And, for the third time this season, we pitted right when the caution came out. But, we bounced back and still got a top-10 finish, so I’m proud of our effort.” 

FedEx Ground Plain District Along for the Ride at Martinsville

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

FedEx Office – Closest to Martinsville Speedway

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

Phoenix Recap

Denny Hamlin scored a fifth-place finish at ISM Raceway in Phoenix on Sunday, pushing his way into the top five in the final stage of the race. Denny rolled off third in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota to start the 312-mile race but battled a loose condition for much of the event. Still, he remained in the top 10 for most of the event as the team worked on each pit stop to improve the handling of his Camry. Finding himself in 13th on a late restart, Denny found the speed to pick off car after car until he made his way to fifth with just a handful of laps remaining. With just enough fuel to make it to the end, he maintained his position until the checkered flag waved, earning the FedEx team a top-five finish. The Phoenix finish puts Denny fourth in the championship standings after four races. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the “West Coast Swing” Sunday, March 17, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

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 17 career starts at the Southern California track, Hamlin has recorded two top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and three pole positions, as well as a career-best finish of third (2008 and 2016). Following a top-five finish last weekend in Phoenix, Hamlin and team will be looking for Hamlin’s second win of 2019, thus moving forward in the standings, where Hamlin currently ranks fourth after four races into the season. 

Race Info

Race Auto Club 400
Date/Time March 17/3:30 p.m. ET
Distance 200 laps/400 miles
Track Length 2 miles
Track Shape D-shaped oval
Banking 14 degrees
2018 Winner Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin Statistics

Track Auto Club Speedway
Races 17
Wins 0
Poles 3 (2009, 2012, 2013)
Top-5 2
Top-10 6
Laps Led 139
Average Start 11.5
Average Finish 17.5

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team collected another top-five finish last weekend, the second best finish of the season. How do you feel about your team’s performance at Phoenix?

“Our FedEx Toyota was fast. We just got set back by a couple bad restarts and a little issue in the pits toward the end. But we restarted 13th and drove up to fifth. At that racetrack, you just can’t drive though the field when you have a fast car. You have to be patient and wait on everyone else to mess up, or you can run a different line, and our patience paid off with a top-five finish. 

What will your team need to improve upon the most in order perform at the highest level this weekend to either win, or secure another top-five finish?

“Every race is important and the #11 team is always working tirelessly to make sure we are putting ourselves in the best position to win. That being said, we will need to improve on all aspects in the pit so we don’t set ourselves back with any bad restarts. Our team has been working hard and has already shown we are capable of winning any race, so I am confident we will be ready for Fontana.

FedEx POCA Station Along for the Ride at Auto Club Speedway

The FedEx POCA Station, located in the LA Empire District of the Western Region, will appear on the B-posts of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at the Auto Club 400. The POCA station has had to overcome difficulties and challenges of a major 36-month street closure project, which started in August 2017. Fullerton Road in the City of Industry (directly in front of the station) has been closed for 18 months and the team has responded.

FedEx Office – Closest to Auto Club Speedway

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

Vegas Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 10th in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, unable to overcome an ill-handling #11 FedEx Office Toyota in the race won by Joey Logano. Hamlin began the day on the front row next to pole-sitter Kevin Harvick and managed to stay in the top-five through Stage 1, finishing fifth. However, as the race progressed through Stage 2, a tight condition began to affect the maneuverability of the #11 machine and Hamlin was unable to gain any spots during the stage, finishing fifth again. The FedEx crew made numerous adjustments during the race that would go caution free, excluding the two stage breaks. During the final stop for the team, Hamlin entered the pits in fifth, but a problem with the air gun cost the team valuable time on pit road, and the FedEx Toyota re-joined the race in eighth. As Hamlin continued to struggle with the balance of the car, holding off challenges from fellow competitors became increasingly more difficult, and as the laps clicked, two cars made successful passes on the #11, resulting in the 10th-place finish.

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 27 career starts, Hamlin has collected 11 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the one-mile oval in the desert. After dropping two spots to third in the standings following Las Vegas, Hamlin and team will be looking for a bounce-back victory, securing their second win of the season after taking the checkered flag in the Daytona 500. 

Race Info

Race TicketGuardian 500
Date/Time March 10/3:30 p.m. ET
Distance 312 laps/312 miles
Track Length 1 mile
Track Shape Oval
Banking 9-11 degrees
2018 Winner Kevin Harvick

Hamlin Statistics

Track ISM Raceway
Races 27
Wins 1 (2012)
Poles 2
Top-5 11
Top-10 15
Laps Led 671
Average Start 11.0
Average Finish 11.6

Hamlin Conversation:

What will you need to change this weekend in Phoenix for the #11 Team to secure a victory?

“We had a couple tough pit stops last weekend in Las Vegas that set us back, and we just needed a little more speed to get those spots back. We will have to be at our best from start to finish in Phoenix, and the entire team is working hard and will be ready for the challenge that awaits us.”

Phoenix FedEx Freight Service Center Along for the Ride at ISM Raceway

FedEx Freight, will recognize the company’s service center in Phoenix, Ariz., featuring the call letters PHX on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The Phoenix service center, opened in 1988, has approximately 505 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding. 

FedEx Office – Closest to ISM Raceway

9925 W McDowell Rd.,
Suite 105,
Avondale, AZ  85392,
(623) 643-9873

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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