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Charlotte All-Star Recap

Pushing and shoving caused a lot of damage in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race, and Denny Hamlin was among the victims. The driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota was credited with an 18th-place finish after having to take his damaged car to the garage with nine laps to go in the race. Hamlin started 12th in the non-points event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and fought a tight-handling car, as well as difficulty passing in traffic, for the first half of the race. He had moved into the top 10 to start the fourth and final stage but spun and wrecked after a shove from behind from Ryan Blaney. The team made repairs and sent Hamlin back on track, but he took the car to the garage several laps later when the damage was too much to overcome.

Charlotte Coca-Cola 600 Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Memorial Day weekend to run the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 26. With nine top-five finishes at Charlotte, Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team will be seeking their first victory at Charlotte and third win of the 2019 Cup Series. 

Race Info

Race Coca-Cola 600  
Date/Time May 26/6:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 400 laps/600 miles
 
Track Length 1.5 mile  
Track Shape Quad-oval  
Banking Turns: 17-20°; Straights: 5-11°  
2018 Winner Kyle Busch
 

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Races 26
Wins 0
Poles 2 (2013, 2017)
Top-5 9
Top-10 17
Laps Led 356
Average Start 10.5
Average Finish 12.1

Hamlin Conversation:

What changes will your team make to be successful this weekend?

“Last weekend just wasn’t our night. We have plenty of room for improvement for the Coke 600 and are hoping to secure better track position so we won’t have such a difficult battle working our way toward the front. We learn from each race and we will be ready to come back here next weekend to go 600 miles.”

What are your thoughts on your team’s performance so far this season?

“I’m proud of our team and the character we’ve shown so far this season. We started off hot with two wins, and our focus is to get back to that momentum and achieve our next victory and move up in the standings.”

FedEx Ground Southwest District Along for the Ride at Charlotte Motor Speedway

For the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, FedEx Ground will recognize the FedEx Ground Southwest district by featuring the letters “SWST” on the FedEx #11 B-Post. The Southwest district is being recognized for excelling in metrics that reflect strong pickup and delivery performance. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway

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

Kansas Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 16th in Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway in a night that included a blown tire, a difficult-handling car and an overtime finish. The #11 FedEx Freight Toyota started the race in 11th, but a blown tire on Lap 59 caused right-rear damage that required extensive repairs and put Hamlin back in 33rd and a lap down to the leader. The handling of the car throughout the race – too tight early and too loose late – made it difficult to regain track position, but Denny and the team managed to fight back for a 16th-place in a green-white-checkered overtime finish.

Charlotte All-Star Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading home to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the series’ All-Star Race on Saturday, May 18. With a top-five finish last year in the All-Star Race, Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team will be seeking another strong performance and Denny’s second-career All-Star victory. 

Race Info

Race Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race  
Date/Time May 18/8:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 80 laps; 4 stages (30/20/20/10 laps)   
 
Track Length 1.5 mile  
Track Shape Quad-oval  
Banking 24 degrees  
2018 Winner Kevin Harvick
 

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Races 21
Wins 1 (2015) Sprint All-Star Race
Poles 1 (2015)
Top-5 4 (2006, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018)
Top-10 10 (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Laps Led 64
Average Start 11.1
Average Finish 9.1

Hamlin Conversation:

Can you describe the car in Kansas and some of the challenges your team faced?

“We really didn’t have the car we needed. We struggled with handling, and the blown tire really set us back. I’m proud of our FedEx team for fixing it up and working on adjustments, though. We wound up with a better result than how much of our race went.”

What adjustments will your team need to make to be ready for the All-Star Race in Charlotte?

“We had a strong performance last year at the All-Star Race, and we want to repeat that this year. We will just need to have a more complete race with little setbacks, since they are tough to overcome. However, I believe in our FedEx team and know we are always capable of getting the job done.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway

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

Dover Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 21st in Monday’s rain-postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, in the event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. Hamlin cut a right-rear tire after contact with the wall shortly after the start of the final stage, sending the #11 into a spin and losing multiple laps to the leaders. Hamlin started eighth but immediately felt something amiss in the #11 car’s handling. He was battling a loose condition throughout Stage 1. Crew Chief Chris Gabehart called for a host of changes during each pit stop to try to tighten the car up as Hamlin battled to stay on the lead lap. The car started to come to life at the end of Stage 2, and after a quick pit stop during the break, Hamlin lined up 14th to start the final stage. He rocketed up to 11th on the restart, but brushed the outside wall in Turn 4 making a three-wide pass. The damage seemed insignificant until his right-rear tire came apart less than a dozen laps later. The finish dropped Hamlin to fourth in the NASCAR standings following Dover, behind leader Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick. The Series returns to action on Saturday, May 11, at Kansas Speedway.

Kansas Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will head next to Kansas Speedway, for the second Saturday night race of the season. Denny has notched six top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track, with a victory at the intermediate track in 2012. Currently in fourth, Denny and team will be seeking their third win of the season as they look to rise in the Cup Series standings. 

Race Info

Race Digital Ally 400
Date/Time May 11/7:30 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°
2018 Winner Kevin Harvick

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kansas Speedway
Races 21
Wins 1 (2012)
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 7
Laps Led 74
Average Start 12.1
Average Finish 15.7

Hamlin Conversation:

It was quite a race for your team, can you explain what it was like Monday?

“It was a tough day for our FedEx team. We missed the balance on our car to start the race, and spent the first half making as many changes as we could. Then, we finally got some track position and I brushed the wall, which cut a tire. Overall, an eventful day.”

How will your team look to prepare for Kansas after having spent an extra day in Dover?

“Our team’s week will be thrown off a little bit due to the extra day, but we are headed to a mile-and-a-half track where we have a lot of confidence in our intermediate program. We won at our last intermediate track and know we can do it again in Kansas.”

FedEx Freight East Dallas Service Center Along for the Ride at Kansas Speedway

For the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s East Dallas, Texas, service center by featuring the call letters EDA on the #11 FedEx Freight car. The East Dallas service center has approximately 310 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to Kansas Speedway

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

Talladega Recap

Denny Hamlin’s race at Talladega Superspeedway ended early on Sunday after the FedEx Toyota suffered irreparable damage from multiple on-track incidents. Hamlin lined up 23rd for the start of the race but had to drop to the back of field after NASCAR cited the #11 team – and seven others – for unapproved pre-race adjustments. He had made his way up to sixth by Lap 11 when he got swept up in a multi-car crash, causing significant front-end and right-side damage. The team was able to make repairs to send Hamlin back on track, but a blown tire later sent him into the wall on Lap 80. This time, the damage could not be repaired, and Hamlin was forced to retire from the race. He was credited with a 36th-place finish.

Dover Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to the concrete high banks of Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 6. With a win, Denny will earn his first-career victory at Dover International Speedway, marking the team’s third win of the 2019 season.

Race Info

Race Gander RV 400
Date/Time May 5/2:00 p.m. ET
Distance 400 Laps/400 Miles
Track Length 2.6 mile
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 33 degrees
2018 Winner Kevin Harvick

Hamlin Statistics

Track Dover International Speedway
Races 26
Wins 0
Poles 3
Top-5 4
Top-10 11
Laps Led 276
Average Start 10.7
Average Finish 17.4

Hamlin Conversation:

Can you explain what happened on the crash this past weekend?

“We’ve been pretty fortunate to miss a lot of wrecks on the superspeedway races for the last four or five years, but today was just the day that bad luck dropped on us. It’s just one of those things where I felt like I did everything I was supposed to do, but sometimes in NASCAR racing when somebody else makes a mistake you get caught up in it. That was the case today.”

What will your team need to do to rebound next weekend for Dover?

“We’re going to have a little more control over our own fate at Dover. Talladega is such a wild card because other people’s mistakes can cost you, like it did for us on Sunday. But, we’ve had a lot of success so far this season, and we’re going to keep doing what’s gotten us to this point.”

FedEx Office Manufacturing Network Along for the Ride at Dover International Speedway

FedEx Office Manufacturing Network will be recognized on the FedEx Toyota’s B-posts with the letters “33MN” for recent achievements, including an error-free work ratio of 99.82% and for reducing network costs by $4 million over the last two years.

FedEx Office – Closest to Dover International Speedway

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

Richmond Recap

Denny Hamlin overcame a pre-race penalty and a difficult-handling car April 13 at Richmond Raceway to earn his fourth straight top-five finish. Hamlin started the race in 30th after his 18th-place qualifying position was disallowed due to pre-race inspection infractions. But once the green flag flew, he went to work in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota and never looked back. Despite having a tight-handling car, he gradually climbed his way through the field thanks to solid adjustments ordered by crew chief Chris Gabehart and a fast-working pit crew. He finished Stage 1 in 20th and Stage 2 in 14th. The FedEx Camry was handling its best in Stage 3, when Hamlin eventually climbed into the top five. He finished the race in fifth for his sixth top-five result of the season.

Talladega Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 29, for 500 miles of action around the Alabama tri-oval. Hamlin will be looking for his second career victory at Talladega, after capturing the checkered flag in 2014. Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team will look to earn their third win of the season and get back into the top two in the Cup Series standings. 

Race Info

Race Geico 500
Date/Time April 28/2:00 p.m. ET
Distance 188 Laps/500.8 Miles
Track Length 2.66 miles
Track Shape Tri-oval
Banking 33 degrees
2018 Winner Joey Logano

Hamlin Statistics

Track Talladega Superspeedway
Races 26
Wins 1 (2014)
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 10
Laps Led 302
Average Start 17.0
Average Finish 17.6

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team faced some adversity in Richmond. How do you feel our team responded in order to secure the top-five finish?

“We had our work cut out for us. We started in the back, and our car was tough to handle in traffic. But, we made our FedEx Toyota better as the night went on, and our pit crew brought their A-game and gained us some extra spots on pit road. It was a great comeback for our entire team.”

What are your thoughts as the Cup Series heads from your hometown to a superspeedway at Talladega?

“I’m really proud of the effort our team displayed in Richmond, and it felt great to make such a comeback in front of my hometown crowd. We’re excited to build off that momentum and energy and are ready to take on our next challenge at Talladega.”

FedEx Express Regional Sort Operations in Los Angeles Along for the Ride at Talladega Superspeedway

FedEx Express recognizes the employees at the Company’s Regional Sort Operations in Los Angeles, Calif., for supporting charitable causes and local community needs by featuring the letters LAXR on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at the GEICO 500.

FedEx Office – Closest to Talladega Superspeedway

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

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