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2019 Pre-Race Reports

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Talladega Recap

Denny Hamlin recorded his 15th top-five finish of the season on Sunday with a fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in his 500th career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. After starting from the pole position, Hamlin kept the #11 FedEx machine up front throughout most of Stage 1, only relinquishing the lead in order to visit pit road for his first green-flag pit stop. Following the round of stops, Hamlin returned to the top spot, eventually taking the Stage 1 win, securing a playoff bonus point in the process. Leading the field to the green for Stage 2, Hamlin showed the way again, until pitting with 54 laps remaining in the segment. Hamlin assumed the top spot following the scheduled stops, however, the FedEx car was beginning to develop a tight condition as the segment progressed. As the laps wound down, Hamlin got trapped behind a lapped car and Martin Truex Jr. passed the #11 with 10 laps remaining in the Stage. Hamlin started the final segment next to Kyle Larson and tried to keep up with Larson, but the evolving tight condition returned to the FedEx car. A lack of cautions hampered crew chief Chris Gabehart’s ability to dial in enough adjustment to give Hamlin the handling he needed, and the FedEx car eventually faded to fifth by the time the checkered flag waved. Hamlin led the most laps, with 218, but Larson went on to score his first victory of the season.

Kansas Speedway Preview

The Series returns to the “Biggest and Fastest” track in NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway, for Sunday’s 500-mile race. Coming off a fifth-place finish at Dover, Hamlin looks to add his second career victory at the track and score his team’s fifth win of the 2019 season.

Race Info

Race Hollywood Casino 400  
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 30/2:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 267 Laps/400 Miles  
Track Length 1.5 Miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 17-20°; Straights 5-11°  
2018 Winner Chase Elliot  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kansas Speedway 
Races 22
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 7
Laps Led 74
Average Start 12.1
Average Finish 15.7

Hamlin Conversation - Kansas:

How are you feeling heading into Kansas knowing you’re virtually locked in to the Round of 8?

“The third-place finish at Talladega definitely let us exhale a bit. We weren’t in a great position earlier in the race, but we executed a good strategy to put us in position for a good finish. Now, we just have to race smart in Kansas and make sure nothing crazy takes us out.”

Kansas has undergone some changes in recent years. How do you approach it?

“Kansas is a fast racetrack. It almost races like a superspeedway. It’s going to be about getting good restarts and having a car that handles well.”

FedEx Office Southwest Sales Along for the Ride at Kansas Speedway:

The FedEx Office Southwest Sales team will be recognized during Sunday’s race as the leading Sales team for FY20 Q1 results. The team will be represented with the numbers “7389” on the B-post of the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota.

FedEx Office – Closest to Kansas Speedway:

13450 W 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66215, (913) 894-2010

Dover Recap

Denny Hamlin recorded his 15th top-five finish of the season on Sunday with a fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in his 500th career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. After starting from the pole position, Hamlin kept the #11 FedEx machine up front throughout most of Stage 1, only relinquishing the lead in order to visit pit road for his first green-flag pit stop. Following the round of stops, Hamlin returned to the top spot, eventually taking the Stage 1 win, securing a playoff bonus point in the process. Leading the field to the green for Stage 2, Hamlin showed the way again, until pitting with 54 laps remaining in the segment. Hamlin assumed the top spot following the scheduled stops, however, the FedEx car was beginning to develop a tight condition as the segment progressed. As the laps wound down, Hamlin got trapped behind a lapped car and Martin Truex Jr. passed the #11 with 10 laps remaining in the Stage. Hamlin started the final segment next to Kyle Larson and tried to keep up with Larson, but the evolving tight condition returned to the FedEx car. A lack of cautions hampered crew chief Chris Gabehart’s ability to dial in enough adjustment to give Hamlin the handling he needed, and the FedEx car eventually faded to fifth by the time the checkered flag waved. Hamlin led the most laps, with 218, but Larson went on to score his first victory of the season.

Talladega Superspeedway Preview

The Series returns to the “Biggest and Fastest” track in NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway, for Sunday’s 500-mile race. Coming off a fifth-place finish at Dover, Hamlin looks to add his second career victory at the track and score his team’s fifth win of the 2019 season.

Race Info

Race 1000Bulbs.com 500  
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 13/2:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 188 Laps/500.8 Miles  
Track Length 2.66 Miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 33 degrees  
2018 Winner Aric Almirola  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Talladega Superspeedway
Races 27
Wins 1
Poles 0
Top-5 6
Top-10 10
Laps Led 302
Average Start 17.2
Average Finish 18.3

Hamlin Conversation:

Is Talladega as much of a wild card as everyone says?

“It’s definitely a wild card. Most anyone can win at Talladega. Strategy plays such a big role. Not by the crew chief, by the driver. Trying to put yourself in the right lane at the right time is the name of the game.” 

You are now 15 points behind the points leader, Martin Truex Jr. What is your FedEx Racing team’s focus as you get ready for Talladega?

“We just have to stay on our game. Talladega is known as the biggest and the fastest course in the circuit. We’ve finished top five there six times, including a win, so we have had success. We just want to stay focused and patient so we can continue to climb up the leaderboard and be up front at the end.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Talladega

The #11 car features the letters “GPLS” on its B-post to recognize the FedEx Ground Great Plains district for excelling in safety performance during the first quarter.

FedEx Office – Closest to Talladega Superspeedway

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

ROVAL Recap

Denny Hamlin will advance to the Round of 12 in NASCAR’s Playoffs after finishing 19th on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval course Sunday. The race on the road course-oval hybrid was a wild one, with 10 caution flags, including two for wrecks that involved Hamlin. The #11 team had to start their back-up FedEx Freight Toyota after a Friday practice crash, requiring Hamlin to drop to the rear for the initial green flag. While the car showed speed, multiple incidents on track kept knocking Hamlin back in the field, including a multi-car wreck during Stage 1 and another in Stage 3. The race was red-flagged with only seven laps remaining to clean up fluid on the track. When it finally returned to green, Hamlin was able to gain multiple positions to cross the line in 19th.

Dover International Speedway Preview

The Series returns to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile race around the “Monster Mile.” The race marks a career milestone for Hamlin: his 500th Cup series start. A win would be Denny’s first career victory at Dover and would be the team’s fifth win of the 2019 season.

Race Info

Race Drydene 400  
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 6/2:30 p.m. ET
 
Distance 400 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 1mile  
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24 dgrees  
2018 Winner Chase Elliot  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Dover International Speedway  
Races 27
Wins 0
Poles 3
Top-5 4
Top-10 11
Laps Led 276
Average Start 10.6
Average Finish 17.5

Hamlin Conversation:

How do you feel about how the team wrapped up the Round of 16?

“Early on in the Playoffs, our biggest focus was to just not make a big mistake. We had to survive, and we did. At the Roval, we just had a bunch of things working against us. We started the back-up car, and we got caught up in some wrecks that caused some damage. But we had a good enough cushion that it didn’t hurt us and we were able to move on.”

What is your FedEx Racing team’s focus as you return to Dover and move deeper into the Playoffs?

“Dover is probably my Achilles’ heel. We’ve run top five there, so we do have some success. But that first win continues to elude us. It’s the most physically demanding track we go to and, to me, the most mentally demanding. We just want to stay focused and keep pushing to climb up the leaderboard. We’ll take time this week to prepare and come out on Sunday ready to race.”

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Dover

FedEx Express recognizes the employees at the MCNA station in Macon, Ga., for their dedication to People Service Profit and commitment to the Purple Promise by featuring the letters MCNA on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. Located in “The Heart of Georgia,” the MCNA team is especially proud to serve its military customers and the local community that supports the military.

FedEx Office – Closest to Dover International Speedway

132 S. Main St.,
Newark, DE 19771,
(302) 368-5080

Richmond Recap

Denny Hamlin earned a podium finish before his hometown crowd at Richmond Raceway Saturday night, as the Chesterfield, Va., native took third in a race that saw Joe Gibbs Racing sweep the top three finishing positions. After taking the green flag in sixth in his FedEx Office Toyota, Hamlin moved into the top five early and never left. The car was strong for all 400 laps, despite some handling and grip issues that the team adjusted on all evening. But Hamlin’s No. 11 didn’t quite measure up to his teammates, with Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch dominating most of the race. Truex Jr. won for his second consecutive victory and Busch crossed the line second in front of Hamlin. The finish bumped the FedEx team driver to fifth in the Playoff standings.

Charlotte (Bank of America ROVAL 400) Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will come home to North Carolina for the third race of the Playoffs and the final event in the Round of 16. Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the series on its “Roval” (road course and oval hybrid) course on Sunday, Sept. 29. Denny hopes to keep his momentum going as he moves into fifth in overall points.

Race Info

Race Bank of America ROVAL 400  
Date/Time September 29/2:30 p.m. ET
 
Distance 400 laps/600 miles
 
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking Turns: 17-20°; Straights: 5-11°  
2018 Winner Ryan Blaney  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
Races 1
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 0
Top-10 0
Laps Led 0
Average Start 27
Average Finish 12

Hamlin Conversation:

Not able to pull out a win, but an impressive race. How are you feeling about your team’s performance?

“We had a third-place car tonight, and that’s where we ended up. We just didn’t have the long-run speed that my teammates had. But it was a good day overall. We ran in the top five all night, executed well and maximized our day. Our confidence is high going into Charlotte next week.”

Next race is on the road course in Charlotte. How are you feeling about it and the different kind of track?

“The Roval is the wild card of wild cards. It can turn your entire season on its head with just one wreck. It’s unforgivable. But, I love the addition of the bigger bus stop on the backstretch. It adds an element of true road course to Charlotte. We’ll go out there with the best strategy we can and execute to the best of our ability.”

FedEx West Palm Beach Service Center Along for the Ride at Charlotte Motor Speedway

For the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla., service center by featuring the call letters WPB on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The West Palm Beach service center has approximately 75 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Speedway

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

Las Vegas (South Point 400) Recap

A top-10 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway slipped from Denny Hamlin’s grasp in the last stage of the race Sunday night, as a change in the FedEx Toyota’s handling led to the No. 11 team finishing 15th. Hamlin started 13th but got the FedEx Ground Camry running in the top 10 by Lap 25. Despite his car not handling as well as he wanted, he was able to keep it in the top 10 for the first two stages. He even took the lead for a Lap 185 restart during Stage 3 after rolling the dice on a two-tire pit stop. The car’s handling took a turn for the worse from there, sending Hamlin on a backward slide that saw him as low as 25th on the leaderboard. He climbed back in the final 40 laps to cross the finish line in 15th. 

Indianapolis Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs heads next to Hamlin’s hometown track of Richmond Raceway for a Saturday night race on Sept. 21. With three career wins at Richmond, Hamlin and team will be seeking another strong performance in front of his hometown fans to earn a playoff victory, as they continue chasing Hamlin’s first championship.

Race Info

Race Federated Auto Parts 400  
Date/Time September 21/7:30 p.m. ET
 
Distance 400 laps/300 miles
 
Track Length 0.75 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 14 degrees  
2018 Winner Kyle Busch  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Richmond Raceway
Races 26
Wins 3 (2009, 2010, 2016)
Poles 3 (2006, 2008, 2016)
Top-5 12
Top-10 16
Laps Led 1,659
Average Start 10.2
Average Finish 9.4

Hamlin Conversation:

How does your team bounce back from a disappointing finish at Las Vegas?

“We had a pretty decent FedEx Camry for the early part of the race, and then something happened with the handling where we went dead backwards. We’ll take it back to the shop and figure it out, and we won’t let it affect us. There’s still a long way to go in the playoffs and our team looks forward to getting back to work at Richmond.”

Does competing at your hometown track of Richmond make you a little more nervous, or excited?

“I always love competing at my hometown track. I really appreciate the hometown support, and our team is working hard preparing to put us in the best position to get a W.”

FedEx Virginia Beach Team Along for the Ride at Richmond Raceway

The FedEx Office Virginia Beach team will be recognized for their achievement of top Customer Experience Index score in Q1, and will have the letters D130 on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Richmond Raceway. This score encompasses direct customer feedback from We Listen surveys and represents a holistic measure of customer loyalty and store experience. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Richmond Raceway

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

Indianapolis Recap

Denny Hamlin drove a back-up car from the rear of the field to a sixth-place finish in NASCAR’s regular-season finale Sunday at Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway. A Saturday practice crash forced the team to qualify a back-up car, which lined up 33rd for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. Hamlin then had to drop to the rear during the pace laps, per NASCAR rules. Despite a tight-handling condition in his FedEx Express Toyota, and some damage from multiple on-track and pit-road contact incidents, Hamlin was able to make up a lot of ground from the rear of the field. He climbed into the top 10 by the end of Stage 1 and was 15th at the end of Stage 2. The car was the tightest it had been all day in Stage 3, preventing him from making a charge all the way to the front, but he maintained a spot in the top 10 until the checkered flag to cross the line in sixth. Hamlin finished the regular season fourth in championship points and second in the Playoff ranks.

Las Vegas (South Point 400) Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs kick off Sunday, Sept. 15, at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. With four wins in the 2019 regular season, Hamlin and team will look for a strong start to Playoff racing.

Race Info

Race South Point 400  
Date/Time September 15/7:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles
 
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 20 degrees  
2018 Winner Brad Keselowski  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Races 15
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 2
Top-10 7
Laps Led 15
Average Start 17.0
Average Finish 13.7

Hamlin Conversation:

What does your team’s performance at Indianapolis tell you about what your team is capable of?

“Passing isn’t very easy at Indy. We did make a lot of progress from the back, but not enough to get all the way to the front. I’m proud of this FedEx team for all we’ve accomplished so far this season, and we’re excited to get the Playoffs started and keep working our way towards a championship.”

Do you feel any different this year heading into the playoffs, or think you have a better chance of winning your first championship?

“I’m really proud of what my team has shown this year, but now our focus is all on Playoff racing and aiming to win that championship. We have come a long way, but there are still areas of improvement that we are working hard to correct to put us in the best position to win in the playoffs.”

FedEx Ground Gulf Coast District Along for the Ride at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The FedEx Ground Gulf Coast district will be recognized for outstanding service and quality with its district code GCST on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Richmond Raceway

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

Darlington Recap

A top-five run and a shot at victory were derailed for Denny Hamlin Sunday night after he got collected in a multi-car wreck in the rain-delayed Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Hamlin was running in the top five when a multi-car crash unfolded in front of him on Lap 275 of 367. The FedEx Toyota suffered significant damage, but the #11 team was able to patch up their car well enough, using multiple pit stops, to return to the race. However, Hamlin was multiple laps down and unable to make up lost ground. He crossed the line in 29th as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones collected his first win of the season. The start of Sunday night’s race was delayed almost four hours due to heavy rain, and fans didn’t see the checkered flag wave until almost 2 a.m. local time. 

Indianapolis Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to “The Brickyard” for its regular-season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 8. Despite a disappointing finish at Darlington, ending a streak of six consecutive top-five finishes, Hamlin and team will look for a strong finish to the regular season before playoff racing begins. 

Race Info

Race Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard  
Date/Time September 8/2:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 160 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Oval
Banking 9 degrees  
2018 Winner Brad Keselowski  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Races 13
Wins 0
Poles 1 (2012)
Top-5 5
Top-10 7
Laps Led 112
Average Start 12.4
Average Finish 12.8

Hamlin Conversation:

How will your team bounce back from the result at Darlington?

“Obviously, that was a big disappointment for our FedEx team. We had another good car and felt we could’ve competed for a win. Our team will work hard to get our streak going again in Indianapolis and finish the regular season on a strong note.”

Do you feel any extra pressure heading into the playoffs following such a strong season from you and your team?

“There’s always pressure when it comes to playoff racing, and I’ve been fortunate to have gained lots of experience in the playoffs throughout my career. I have complete faith in my team and we look forward to the challenges ahead.”

FedEx Express Regional Hub in Greensboro, N.C., Along for the Ride at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

FedEx Express celebrates the one-year anniversary of the opening of its regional hub in Greensboro, N.C., by featuring the letters GSOH on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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

Bristol (Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race) Recap

Denny Hamlin stormed from two laps down to win the Aug. 17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, passing Matt DiBenedetto with 11 laps remaining to capture his fourth victory of the season. Hamlin lined up ninth for the final restart with 113 laps to go, and methodically picked off positions toward the front. He made it into the top five with less than 75 to go, and then up to second with 40 laps remaining. He worked the high line to catch DiBenedetto and then dove to the bottom to complete the pass. The race was not without incident for the #11 FedEx Team. An early wreck happened right in front of Hamlin while leading, and he was collected in it to sustain right-side damage. Repairs dropped him outside the top 10 for Stage 1 (11th), where he was seemingly mired in traffic. Then in Stage 2, Hamlin felt a loose wheel vibration and made an unscheduled stop on Lap 189, putting him two laps down to the field when the caution flew shortly thereafter. The wave-around got one lap back, and then Hamlin got the free pass with six laps to go in Stage 2 after a host of cautions late in that segment. Hamlin restarted the final segment just inside the top-20 before making his charge to the front. The finish vaulted Hamlin to third in the NASCAR point standings following Bristol, 77 points behind leader Kyle Busch with two races remaining in the regular season.

Darlington “NASCAR Throwback” Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to “The Lady in Black” for 367 laps of action at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 1. With only two regular season races left, Hamlin and team will look to continue their fine form as playoff racing is right around the corner. Additionally, the FedEx #11 will be participating in the NASCAR “throwback” tradition by honoring Darrell Waltrip. Chosen by Denny Hamlin and the Joe Gibbs Racing team, the special design replicates the scheme from Waltrip’s final race win at Darlington in 1992 and pays homage to his legendary racing and broadcasting career in the sport of NASCAR.

Race Info

Race Bojangles’ Southern 500  
Date/Time September 1/6:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 367 laps/501.3 miles
 
Track Length 1.36 miles  
Track Shape Egged-shaped oval
2018 Winner Brad Keselowski  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Darlington Raceway
Races 13
Wins 2 (2010, 2017)
Poles 1 (2018)
Top-5 7
Top-10 11
Laps Led 562
Average Start 8.8
Average Finish 6.2

Hamlin Conversation:

Can you tell us more about your special throwback paint scheme that you are driving at Darlington?

“I’m thrilled to be honoring Darrell Waltrip this year for my throwback paint scheme, paying respect to his legendary career. I helped design two paint schemes that were voted on by JGR employees, and they chose the one that replicates the Western Auto scheme that ‘DW’ drove for his final win at Darlington in 1992.”

Your team is really connecting on all cylinders at the moment. How important is that as you head into the playoffs in just three short weeks?

“This FedEx team is on such a roll right now. We show up fast to the racetrack each and every weekend, and I’m proud of what our entire team has been able to accomplish these past few weeks. We are happy with what we have been doing, but know there is a lot of work ahead of us, especially with the playoffs just around the corner.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Darlington Raceway

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

Michigan (Consumers Energy 400) Recap

Denny Hamlin finished second to Kevin Harvick at Michigan International Speedway Sunday in a race where the closing laps had everyone guessing who had enough to fuel to make it to the finish. Hamlin and the #11 team had a fast FedEx Office Toyota, shooting from their starting position of 14th to the top five by Lap 23 and to the lead by Lap 40. Hamlin stayed in the top five for most of the 200-lap event, well ahead of numerous wrecks that victimized several mid-pack cars throughout the race. He led twice for a total of six laps. The final pit stop of the day proved pivotal to the race’s outcome. The leaders all came to pit road after a caution on Lap 150, with some filling their fuel tanks enough to make it to Lap 200 and some coming up a little short. As the final laps of the race ticked down, some of the top five had to peel off for fuel, while Harvick stayed out front and Hamlin worked to chase him down. The #11 wasn’t fast enough and crossed the line for a runner-up finish – Hamlin’s fifth straight top-five finish.

Bristol (Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race) Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads next to the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” for 500 laps of action at Bristol Motor Speedway for a Saturday night race on August 17. With five top-five finishes, including a win, in the past five races, Hamlin and team will be looking to continue their momentum as playoff racing approaches in the coming weeks.

Race Info

Race Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race  
Date/Time August 17/7:30 p.m. ET
 
Distance 500 laps/266.5 miles
 
Track Length 0.533 miles  
Track Shape Oval
2018 Winner Kyle Busch  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Bristol Motor Speedway
Races 27
Wins 1 (2012)
Poles 3 (2013, 2014, 2015)
Top-5 8
Top-10 13
Laps Led 618
Average Start 14.0
Average Finish 14.9

Hamlin Conversation:

How is your team making adjustments to racing at tracks the second time around?

“As we did in Michigan, the FedEx team did a great job adjusting from the last time we were there. The fastest car won the race, speed-wise, but I feel like we had a great FedEx Camry and performed better than last time. We secured a top-five finish last time out at Bristol, so our team is hard at work looking at what we can improve and how we can put ourselves in the best position to win.”

How is your team preparing for Bristol, and do you find it more difficult preparing for a night race?

“Our team is always working hard to prepare for every race, and of course we learn about ourselves and our Toyota Camry through practice, but how we practice is totally different from how we race at night. As a result, you see a lot of experienced drivers perform well at night races, and we will have to be at the top of our game to stay competitive.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Bristol Motor Speedway

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

Watkins Glen Recap

Denny Hamlin kept the FedEx Cares Toyota in the spotlight all weekend long at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, culminating with a third-place finish Sunday at the high-speed road course. The result was his fourth straight top-five finish. Hamlin rolled off sixth and ran in the top five for much of the race, a 90-lap affair that only had four cautions and minimal opportunities to pass. The top three – Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr. and Hamlin – remained the same for the final 25 laps of the race. Elliott dominated to earn his second win while Joe Gibbs Racing cars took second, third and fourth (Erik Jones). The No. 11 Toyota’s special paint scheme at Watkins Glen showcased the launch of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 initiative as well as FedEx’s long-time relationship with Safe Kids Worldwide, focusing on back-to-school pedestrian safety.

Michigan (Consumers Energy 400) Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads back to the Irish Hills of Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 11, for a 400-mile event at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin and team earned an 11th-place finish earlier this season at the two-mile oval and will be seeking the team’s fourth win of the 2019 Cup Series.

Race Info

Race Consumers Energy 400  
Date/Time August 11/3:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 200 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 2 miles  
Track Shape Oval  
Banking 18 degree  
2018 Winner Kevin Harvick  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Michigan International Speedway
Races 27
Wins 2 (2010, 2011)
Poles 1 (2018)
Top-5 7
Top-10 12
Laps Led 192
Average Start 12.0
Average Finish 14.3

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team has shown some great speed this season. How is your team feeling heading into Michigan again for some high-speed racing?

“We actually didn’t race well there in June. We qualified up front, battled for the lead early and then, once I lost track position, it was over. But NASCAR has been working on opening up a third groove there, so I think the racing is going to be different this time. I’m looking forward to it.”

You have had four top-five finishes in a row. What are you doing to keep the momentum going?

“We’re certainly in a groove right now. Our team looks forward to each week’s challenge, and we’re going to prepare and put ourselves in the best position to win this weekend. Especially now that we are returning to tracks for a second time, Chris Gabehart and the team are making good corrections to help us be better in our second effort.”

FedEx Miami South District Along for the Ride at Michigan International Speedway

For the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the FedEx #11 will feature the letters D56 on its B-post to recognize the FedEx Miami South team for being the top district in the final results for FY19 President’s Club.

FedEx Office – Closest to Michigan International Speedway

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

Pocono Recap

Denny Hamlin notched his third win of the 2019 season Sunday in a nail-biting, overtime finish at Pocono Raceway. The #11 FedEx Ground Toyota was low on fuel in the closing laps but had enough juice to get Hamlin across the finish line and into Victory Lane – with two teammates behind him for a 1-2-3 Joe Gibbs Racing finish. The FedEx Ground Camry was fast all weekend, and crew chief Chris Gabehart called a race strategy that allowed the team to pick up points at each stage end and be out front when the final laps ticked down. After running in the top five for most of the race, Hamlin took over the lead at the start of the third and final stage. He led for 12 laps before coming to pit road under a caution to take right-sides tires and fuel. He later passed two teammates – Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones – to regain the lead with 16 scheduled laps remaining. Despite being low on fuel, he held onto the lead for the remaining regulation laps, plus three overtime laps. Jones and Truex Jr. followed Hamlin across the finish for a 1-2-3 team sweep. This victory has now placed Hamlin as fourth in the championship standings and fourth in playoff points. 

Watkins Glen Paint Scheme Reveal

The Series returns to Dover International Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile race around the “Monster Mile.” The race marks a career milestone for Hamlin: his 500th Cup series start. A win would be Denny’s first career victory at Dover and would be the team’s fifth win of the 2019 season.

On Friday, July 26, Denny Hamlin unveiled a special FedEx Cares paint scheme in conjunction with FedEx announcing its FedEx Cares 50 by 50 initiative, which has the goal of positively impacting 50 million people by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023. The new FedEx Cares paint scheme will showcase the successful and longstanding relationship between FedEx and Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. Denny and Safe Kids will conduct a special event on Sunday, August 4, with kids from the Watkins Glen Kids Club to speak about the importance of pedestrian safety as kids get set to return to school in the coming weeks. Safe Kids Worldwide will also be featured as the “Along for the Ride” organization on the #11 car’s B-posts. 

Watkins Glen Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will head next to Watkins Glen International for another weekend of road course racing, with the event scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 4. With one win to his name at The Glen, Hamlin and team will be looking for another strong showing as they seek the team’s fourth win of the 2019 Cup Series season. 

Race Info

Race GoBowling at The Glen  
Date/Time August 4/3:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 90 laps/220.5 miles
 
Track Length 2.45 miles  
Track Shape 11-Turn Road Course  
2018 Winner Chase Elliott  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Watkins Glen International
Races 13
Wins 1 (2016)
Poles 1 (2018)
Top-5 3
Top-10 6
Laps Led 12
Average Start 13.2
Average Finish 17.3

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team has been displaying some great performances these past few weeks. What has been the difference maker?

“We did everything right to win the race in Pocono. We made the right calls, had good restarts when we needed them and overall had a really smooth race. I was doing everything I could to save fuel at the end, and we had a fast FedEx Toyota. We displayed that when we are connecting on all levels, we are a very competitive team.”

Are you excited about going back to road course racing at Watkins Glen?

“Road course racing is a different challenge, and our team is preparing hard to put us in the best position to win. With a strong effort at Sonoma, we are confident in our abilities and are looking forward to the challenge that awaits us at The Glen.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Watkins Glen International

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

New Hampshire Recap

Denny Hamlin finished second in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, going bumper-to-bumper with eventual winner Kevin Harvick on the final lap to take the checkered flag 0.2 seconds back in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota. The race’s final caution came with 35 laps to go with Hamlin leading. Crew chief Chris Gabehart elected to bring the #11 down pit road for right-side tires, and Hamlin lined up fourth for the final restart after three cars stayed out. Hamlin immediately jumped to second and hounded Harvick for the final 25 laps, but was unable to pass him at the end. Hamlin started at the tail end of the field in a backup car following a crash in Friday’s opening practice. He methodically worked his way through traffic to start the race, climbing all the way to ninth by the end of Stage 1. Varying pit strategies in Stage 2 saw Hamlin take four tires with 10 laps to go in the segment, and a couple good restarts moved him to sixth at the end of that stage. With the leaders needing to pit, Hamlin assumed the lead to start the final stage. He went on to lead the next 113 laps – his most in a race since Phoenix 2017. The finish moved Hamlin up one spot to fourth in the NASCAR standings, 114 points behind leader Joey Logano after 20 of 26 regular season races.

Pocono Gander RV 400 Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s 400-mile race around the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle.” After a close second-place finish last weekend in New Hampshire, Hamlin and team will be looking to extend their strong form and capture the team’s third win of the season, as well as Hamlin’s fifth career victory at Pocono. 

Race Info

Race Gander RV 400  
Date/Time July 28/3:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 160 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Triangle  
2018 Winner Kyle Busch  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Pocono Raceway
Races 27
Wins 4 (2006, 2006, 2009, 2010)
Poles 3 (2006, 2006, 2014)
Top-5 10
Top-10 17
Laps Led 694
Average Start 7.1
Average Finish 12.4

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team came back from some difficult odds in New Hampshire; what will your team need to continue at Pocono?

“We had a very fast FedEx Camry, but with the caution coming out late, we were in a tough spot knowing that guys were going to do the opposite of us. We worked our way up from the back and led a lot of laps and I’m proud of the team’s effort, and we’ll need to continue this momentum heading into Pocono.”

What excites you the most about racing “The Tricky Triangle” in the Pocono Mountains?

“I’ve been fortunate to have had success in the past at Pocono, and it’s a track where I’m always hopeful I can get a win for our team. Our team is currently on a streak of some solid performances, and I’m looking forward to continuing that this weekend.”

FedEx Ground Florida District Along for the Ride at Pocono Raceway

For the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway, the FedEx #11 will feature the letters FLDA on its B-post to recognize the FedEx Ground Florida district for having the highest amount of participation for the annual employee survey.

FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway

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

Kentucky Recap

A fast FedEx Freight Toyota helped Denny Hamlin battle back from a penalty to score a top-five finish at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night. The #11 team had a car capable of winning – leading laps and running in the top five for much of the race – but once again had to overcome a pit road penalty that sent the team to the back of the pack. The race-changing penalty came late in Stage 2. Hamlin had been running second before pitting for two tires and fuel and subsequently incurring a penalty from NASCAR for an uncontrolled tire. After completing his pass-through penalty, he sat in 22nd and a lap down to the leader. After getting the “Lucky Dog” pass to return to the lead lap, Hamlin spent Stage 3 gradually picking off positions until he returned to the top five – including leading five laps before having to peel off to pit. A late-race caution led to a green-white-checkered overtime finish, but Hamlin stood his ground in the top five and crossed the line in fifth as Kurt Busch scored the win.

New Hampshire Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to New England for 301 laps of action at New Hampshire Motor speedway on Sunday, July 21. With Hamlin and team incurring costly penalties the last two races, Denny and team will be looking to improve their race execution and hoping for their third win of the 2019 Cup Series season.

Race Info

Race Foxwoods Resort Casino 301  
Date/Time July 21/3:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 301 laps/318.4 miles
 
Track Length 1 miles  
Track Shape Oval  
Banking 7 degree
 
2018 Winner Kevin Harvick    

Hamlin Statistics

Track New Hamsphire Motor Speedway
Races 25
Wins 3 (2007, 2012, 2017)
Poles 0
Top-5 9
Top-10 14
Laps Led 549
Average Start 10.2
Average Finish 10.2

Hamlin Conversation:

You’ve had success at Loudon; what will your team need to repeat in New Hampshire?

““I’ve been fortunate to have had some good races at New Hampshire, but every year is different, and it’s a tough group of drivers who are battling every week for the win. I am confident in our team’s ability, but we will need to be at the top of our game to get the win this weekend at Loudon.”

Penalties have continued to be an issue with your team this season; what will your team need to adjust and improve upon to put yourselves in the best position to win every week for the remainder of the season?

“We’ve had fast FedEx Toyotas this season, but the penalties have definitely hurt us. In these races, we have been able to rally because we had a fast car and fought our way back up to the front. I’m proud of the speed we bring to the track every week, but we still need to work on our execution in order to run a complete race.”

FedEx PYMA Along for the Ride at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

For the Foxwood Resort Casino 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the FedEx #11 will proudly feature the letters PYMA on its B-post to recognize team members for exceeding performance goals in FY19 for FedEx First Overnight and FedEx Priority Overnight service.

FedEx Office – Closest to New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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

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