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2019 Pre-Race Reports

2019 Pre-Race Reports

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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

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