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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 Michigan International 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

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

Daytona Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 26th in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota after being collected in a late-race multi-car wreck in Sunday’s rain-postponed race at Daytona International Speedway. Following a lengthy weather delay, 20-year-old Justin Haley was declared the race winner, 33 laps short of the scheduled 160-lap distance. Hamlin started sixth and tried various drafting lines to try to improve his position, eventually finishing eighth in Stage 1. Stage 2 was much of the same, although the #11 fell back as far as 20th in the field before making a comeback, crossing the line 11th at the conclusion of the segment. Lining up 14th for the final segment, Hamlin began his charge through the field, taking the #11 car three-wide in traffic, bold moves by Hamlin propelled the FedEx car to the lead after just 17 laps of racing in the stage. After leading five laps, Hamlin was at the front of the bottom line of cars when Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer made a run on the outside. As the two drivers jockeyed for position, they tangled in front of Hamlin who had nowhere to go and was collected in the ensuing melee that claimed a total of 18 cars. The FedEx team worked on the damaged car during multiple pit stops but lost two laps in the process. During the caution, NASCAR was forced to red-flag the race due to lightning in the area. Following two hours and 12 minutes of lightning and rain, the race was declared official. 

Kentucky Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be returning to the world center of racing next weekend for a 400-mile duel at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6. Hamlin and team will be seeking Denny’s second win at the high banks of Daytona in 2019, marking his third win on the season.

Race Info

Race Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart  
Date/Time July 13/7:30 p.m. ET
 
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles
 
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
2018 Winner Martin Truex Jr.   

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kentucky Speedway
Races 8
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 3
Top-10 3
Laps Led 76
Average Start 12.2
Average Finish 16.1

Hamlin Conversation:

How does your team stay focused and composed despite facing some adversity this season?

“It can be difficult sometimes, like in Daytona where we got caught up in someone else’s mess. Despite facing numerous challenges this season, our team believes in what we are doing and what we are capable of, and I always do what I can to make the right moves to get our FedEx Toyota to the front.”

With only a handful of races at Kentucky, what excites you about competing there and what are you hoping to learn about this track?

“This will only be our ninth race at Kentucky, so we do not have as much prior experience and results, but any team can win on any given day so we are confident in our abilities to take a win at Kentucky. Every race is an opportunity to learn more about the track and your team, and Kentucky will be no different.”

FedEx Louisville Service Center Along for the Ride at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Louisville service center by featuring the call letters LOU on the FedEx #11. The Louisville service center has approximately 305 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Kentucky Speedway

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

Chicago Recap

Denny Hamlin finished 15th in Sunday’s rain-delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, following an on-track incident in Stage 2 that caused significant damage to the #11 FedEx Express Toyota in the event won by Alex Bowman. During a pit stop under caution on Lap 105, NASCAR deemed the FedEx crew had an “uncontrolled tire,” which forced Hamlin to give up his fourth-place position to restart at the tail end of the field. The lost track position put the #11 machine back in traffic, and Hamlin spent the majority of the second segment mired back in the field. Late in Stage 2, Hamlin got a huge run coming off Turn 4, and made contact with Daniel Suarez, causing heavy right-front damage to the #11 Camry. He limped to the stage break and pitted multiple times for repairs. Ultimately, the damage caused an ill-handling racecar, and Hamlin rallied to finish 15th in the event. Hamlin started ninth, and was up to eighth by Lap 11 when lightning and a strong storm system rolled through the track. The race was red-flagged for nearly three hours. Upon resumption, Hamlin pitted for fresh tires, and crew chief Chris Gabehart employed exemplary pit strategy in Stage 1. Hamlin made his second stop with just five laps to go in the stage, and with others on varying strategies, he assumed the lead. The caution flew two laps later for an on-track incident, and Hamlin won the stage. It was his third segment win of the season and came with an additional playoff point.

Daytona Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be returning to the world center of racing next weekend for a 400-mile duel at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6. Hamlin and team will be seeking Denny’s second win at the high banks of Daytona in 2019, marking his third win on the season.

Race Info

Race Coke Zero Sugar 400  
Date/Time July 6/7:30 p.m. ET
 
Distance 160 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 31 Degrees
2018 Winner Erik Jones  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway
Races 27
Wins 2 (2016, 2019)
Poles 0
Top-5 8
Top-10 9
Laps Led 437
Average Start 16.8
Average Finish 17.0

Hamlin Conversation:

Chicago dealt the team a tough break. How do you regroup and get ready for Daytona?

“We had a strong FedEx Camry in Chicago, but unfortunately that penalty in the second stage ruined our day. Track position is so important, and in previous races once we’ve lost that, it is very difficult to recover. We’ve had some tough days, but we need to continue to take the positives and keep giving it our best shot every week and the wins will come.”

Do you feel any pressure to repeat your success earlier this year at Daytona, or feel you have a slight edge going into the race?

“We had a great race earlier this year in Daytona, but this weekend will be entirely different. Just like all the other teams, we have learned a lot about ourselves in the weeks since the Daytona 500, and we will be fighting for a repeat win, but we are ready and preparing for the challenge that is coming our way.”

FedEx District 74 Upstate New York Along for the Ride at Daytona International Speedway

For the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the FedEx Office #11 will feature the letters D74 on its B-Post. This Upstate New York team is being recognized for their top performance on unlocking their potential as a result of Spring Revenue Generation training initiatives based on performances tracked through May 31.

FedEx Office – Closest to DIS

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

Sonoma Recap

Extra twists and turns added to the Sonoma Raceway road course didn’t stop Denny Hamlin from earning his seventh top-five finish and his second stage win of the 2019 season. Hamlin finished fifth Sunday after climbing back from outside the top 15 three times. The No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota started sixth for the 90-lap race at the 12-turn, 2.52-mile course. The circuit included the sweeping downhill corner called “The Carousel” for the first time for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 1997. The team’s strategy had them pitting later than most of the leaders and caused Hamlin to have to charge back through the field three times without the help of any cautions. But the strategy also led to a stage win, with Hamlin taking the green-and-white checkered flag to end Stage 2.

Darlington Reveal

On Friday, June 21, Denny Hamlin unveiled his paint scheme for Darlington Throwback weekend, honoring NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip. This unveil was timed during Waltrip’s last race as a FOX broadcaster, with the paint scheme scheduled to take to the track at Darlington in September. FedEx offered Hamlin the opportunity to design his own throwback scheme in appreciation for his Daytona 500 win in February. Hamlin had originally chosen two Waltrip paint schemes that were voted on by JGR employees, who ultimately decided to go with the Western Auto replica scheme honoring DW’s final win at Darlington in 1992.

Chicagoland Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be returning to oval racing next weekend with a 400-mile event at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, June 30. With another top-five finish at Sonoma, moving up to sixth in the Cup Series standings, Hamlin and team will be seeking Denny’s second-career win at Chicagoland Speedway and the team’s third win of the 2019 season. 

Race Info

Race Camping World 400  
Date/Time June 30/3:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 267 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 1.5 miles   
Track Shape Oval
2018 Winner Kyle Busch  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Chicagoland Speedway
Races 13
Wins 1 (2015)
Poles 0
Top-5 3
Top-10 7
Laps Led 13
Average Start 15.4
Average Finish 14.5

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team is back up to sixth; what must remain consistent for your team to continue moving up in the standings?

“We had a really fast car in Sonoma, and I drove it as hard as I could. It felt good to be back in the top-five, and it’s always good to hear that we’ve moved back up in the standings. Every race is a new opportunity to win and get more points, and we look forward to that challenge week-in and week-out.”

How is your team preparing for the return to an oval track at Chicagoland Speedway?

“We’ve had some success on oval tracks this year, with our wins at Daytona and Texas. But, each week is a different challenge and we have to be prepared for any unexpected obstacles that come our way.”

FedEx Knoxville, TN Location Along for the Ride at Chicagoland Speedway

For the Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the FedEx #11 will feature the letters TYSR on its B-Post to recognize team members for excelling in metrics that earned the location an Ace Audit from the Air Operations Division (AOD) audit group. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Chicagoland Speedway

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

Michigan Recap

A Monday race day ended up in an 11th-place finish for Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota team at Michigan International Speedway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was delayed one day due to persistent rain over the two-mile oval throughout the day Sunday. Hamlin took the late-afternoon green flag in fourth. He quickly moved to the lead for three laps before grip became an issue and he fell back outside the top 10. The FedEx Freight team tried various strategic pit moves throughout the race – and even led two additional laps – but a tight-handling racecar kept Hamlin from being able to truly challenge the leaders. The #11 team did make up some ground in the third and final stage. After restarting in 25th with 66 laps to go, Hamlin fought his way into the top 15 and was knocking on the door of the top 10. Despite a late caution that bunched the field back up for a green-white-checkered finish, he finished just outside the top 10 in 11th.

Sonoma Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be returning to the road course of Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23. With 12 turns and 160 feet of a total elevation change on the track, Sonoma will be the first test of the #FedEx team’s road racing program this season. Hamlin seeks his first career victory at Sonoma and a boost in the Cup Series standings. 

Race Info

Race Toyota / Save Mart 350  
Date/Time June 23/3:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 110 laps/218.9 miles
 
Track Length 2.52 miles   
Track Shape Road Course 
2018 Winner Martin Truex Jr.   

Hamlin Statistics

Track Sonoma Raceway
Races 13
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 3
Top-10 5
Laps Led 96
Average Start 18.0
Average Finish 18.7

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team has faced adversity, especially these past few races. How does your team remain confident week in and week out?

“We have a talented squad and some things just haven’t gone our way. Looking at Michigan, our FedEx Camry wasn’t quite handling the way we needed it to that night. But considering the challenges our team has faced, we have placed better than expected and are continuing to learn from each race.”

How are you preparing for the road course and elevation changes at Sonoma?

“This will be my first time running the Carousel, so the only way I can prepare for that is with some simulator time. But JGR has a strong road course program, and I will be preparing myself to handle the conditions so I can give our team the best chance to win.”

FedEx Ground Northwest District Along for the Ride at Sonoma Raceway

For the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, the #11 car will feature the letters “NWST” on its B-post to recognize the FedEx Ground Northwest District for leading the company in trailer load performance.

FedEx Office – Closest to Sonoma Raceway

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

Pocono Recap

Denny Hamlin earned a sixth-place finish at Pocono Raceway Sunday, putting behind him a stretch of races where he finished outside the top 15 due to mechanical issues or accidents. Hamlin started the 400-mile event in sixth and raced inside the top 10 for most of the afternoon. Passing was difficult, but varying pit strategies mixed up the field multiple times, including putting the FedEx Office Toyota in the lead for a lap. At least five different cars had incidents involving cut tires or contact with the wall, but the #11 team avoided trouble and executed a clean race.

Michigan Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to high-speed Michigan International Speedway for a 400-mile event on Sunday, June 9. After another top-10 finish at Pocono, Hamlin and the #FedEx11 team will be seeking their third win of the 2019 Cup Series, as well as Denny’s third-career win in the Irish Hills. 

Race Info

Race FireKeepers Casino 400  
Date/Time June 10/5:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 200 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 2 miles   
Track Shape Oval 
2018 Winner Clint Bowyer   

Hamlin Statistics

Track Michigan International Speedway
Races 26
Wins 2 (2010, 2011)
Poles 1 (2018)
Top-5 7
Top-10 12
Laps Led 187
Average Start 12.3
Average Finish 14.4

Hamlin Conversation:

How does it feel for your team to have secured a top-10 finish and have strong momentum heading to Michigan?

“Pocono was a fairly smooth race for us and a top-10 finish was what we needed after a rough stretch the last few weeks. I’m proud of the effort from our FedEx team and we’ll keep it going next week in Michigan.”

How do you expect the racing at Michigan to be different with the current aero package?

“I think the race at Michigan is going to be one of the best shows we’ve put on at that track. That track offers plenty of grip, and we should be able to keep the throttle wide open and close the gaps to make passes. Our FedEx team has had pretty good success there before, and it should be another good weekend for us.” 

FedEx Freight Fremont, Ind. Service Center Along for the Ride at Michigan International Speedway

For the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Fremont, Ind., service center by featuring the call letters FRE on the #11 FedEx Freight racecar. The Fremont service center, opened in 2004, has approximately 200 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 Coca-Cola 600 Recap

Denny Hamlin’s up-and-down evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday ended on the down side after he spun and wrecked on the last lap of the Coca-Cola 600. His FedEx Ground Toyota had been fast all evening, leading 21 laps and repeatedly climbing back through the field after multiple incidents set him back. Hamlin started in 20th and immediately knew he had a fast car. He finished Stage 1 in second place, and quickly took the lead after the start of Stage 2, where he stayed for 21 laps. But the remaining three stages were full of incidents that knocked Denny toward the back – multiple blown tires plus a pit road miscue where he missed his pit and had to back up. Each time, he rebounded and pushed his way back toward the front. The team had fought back from 19th place, one lap down, in the final stage to climb back into the top 10 for the final laps. But a last-lap incident sent the #11 hard into the inside wall. Denny was able to drive the heavily damaged car over the finish line to be credited with a 17th-place finish. 

Pocono Preview

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for a 400-mile event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 2. With four wins to his name at Pocono, Hamlin and the #11FedEx team will be seeking a fifth victory, making it the team’s third win of the 2019 Cup Series. 

Race Info

Race Pocono 400  
Date/Time June 2/2:00 p.m. ET
 
Distance 160 laps/400 miles
 
Track Length 2.5 miles   
Track Shape Triangle 
2018 Winner Martin Truex Jr.   

Hamlin Statistics

Track Pocono Raceway
Races 26
Wins 4 (2006, 2006, 2009, 2014)
Poles 3 (2006, 2006, 2014)
Top-5 10
Top-10 16
Laps Led 693
Average Start 7.1
Average Finish 12.6

Hamlin Conversation:

Your team fought a tough race in Charlotte; what will your team need to adjust to be successful at Pocono?

“We had a really fast FedEx Toyota in Charlotte, and it’s crazy how many cars we passed over the course of the entire race, repeatedly going from the back to the front. Unfortunately, our finish doesn’t reflect how good of a car we had, but I’m proud of the speed our team brought to the racetrack, and if we can bring that speed with us to Pocono we will be in a great position to win.”

What excites you most about returning to Pocono?

“Historically, the FedEx #11 has had some success and we will be entering Pocono confident that we can secure another victory. Heading to the Pocono Mountains makes for a great racing atmosphere and I’m confident our FedEx #11 team will be up for the challenge.”

FedEx District 35 Colorado South Along for the Ride at Pocono Raceway

For the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, FedEx Office will recognize District 25 Colorado South for their top performance during the “Are You Aware” week campaign, where they were top performers in regards to sales related to new water-resistant media product. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway

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

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

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