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2020 Pre-Race Reports

2020 Pre-Race Reports

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Press Kit

Download the 2020 FedEx Racing press materials here, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.

Busch Clash Recap:

Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the #11 FedEx Toyota in Sunday's Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway after pushing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones to victory. Hamlin started 18th in the 18-car field following a random draw to determine starting positions. But, starting in the back didn't deter the driver of the FedEx Camry, who rocketed up to sixth after just five laps of racing on the high banks. The FedEx car was clipped in the right rear and received minor damage after Joey Logano and Kyle Busch got tangled up with eight laps to go. Two more cautions would claim most of the field, and just five cars were running the final laps to the checkers. As the five cars jockeyed down the backstretch for the final time, Hamlin, now one lap down, tucked his FedEx Toyota under the rear of JGR teammate Jones and pushed him from fourth to first through the final turn and to the checkered flag

Daytona Outlook:

The Series kicks off its regular season this Sunday with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Returning as the defending race champion, Hamlin will look to secure his third win at Daytona in the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team will first participate in Thursday’s qualifying “Duel” races, which will determine the full starting grid for Sunday’s main event. Last weekend’s time trials determined that Hamlin will race in Duel 1, lining up third behind pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Race Info

Race Daytona 500  
Date/Time Sunday, Feb. 16/ 2:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 200 laps/500 miles  
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 31 degrees  
2019 Winner Denny Hamlin  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway 
Races 28
Wins 2
Top-5 8
Top-10 9
Laps Led 442
Avg. Start 16.4
Avg. Finish 17.4

Hamlin Conversation – Daytona:

How did it feel to be back in the car out on the track during the Clash?

“It was fun. I mean my car was so, so fast. I’m proud of the effort by my FedEx team, and I'm glad we got a JGR team win, too. Our 500 car was fast in practice, too, so I feel good about how we can race on Sunday.”

What did you learn from Sunday’s Clash that you can apply to the Daytona 500 this Sunday?

“We just need to stay focused, be patient and make sure that we keep our car on the track and in the race. We did try staying out under a caution during the Clash, and lost a tire after some contact, so that will be in the back of our minds come Sunday.”

FedEx Express Freight Along for the Ride at Daytona:

For the Daytona 500, the iconic 500-mile NASACR Series season opener, the FedEx #11 will feature the letters CLT on its B-Post to recognize the AGFS and U.S. Operations team members for their outstanding performance.  The teamwork between the local stations and ramp has resulted in the highest ever Money Back Guarantee FedEx Priority Overnight (MBG PO) service level to date for the CLT market and improved PM Flight On Time Performance with zero Market Delays. FedEx Express is honored to recognize its teams in the Charlotte Market for outstanding performance.

FedEx Office – Closest Daytona International Speedway

 2274 W International Speedway, Daytona Beach (386) 323-7840

Busch Clash at Daytona:

Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team start their 2020 NASCAR Cup Series campaign this Sunday with the 75-lap Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway. A three-time winner of the event (2006, 2014 and 2016), Hamlin is one of only six drivers to win both the Clash and DAYTONA 500 during the same Speedweeks. Last year he was unable to finish the Clash due to a multi-car wreck after 55 laps. The #11 FedEx Toyota will promote the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest on the TV panel of the car for this weekend’s Clash. The reminder encourages small business owners to apply for a collective prize pool of more than $250,000 by the entry deadline of March 2.

Race Info

Race Bush Clash  
Date/Time Sunday, Feb. 9/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 75 laps/187.5 miles  
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 31 degrees  
2019 Winner Jimmie Johnson  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Homestead-Miami Speedway 
Races 13
Wins 3 (2006, 2014, 2016)
Top-5 5
Top-10 7
Laps Led 142

Hamlin Conversation – Clash:

You had a great season in 2019. Looking ahead, what can we expect from you and the FedEx team in 2020?

“Last year we made it to the Championship 4, and our goal starting today is to get back there and bring home the title. I know Chris (Gabehart, crew chief) and the rest of these guys are ready to go, and so am I. We’re excited to get back out on the track for the 2020 season.”

Your FedEx Toyota for this weekend’s Clash promotes the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. What is the message you want people to know?

“FedEx is committed to helping small businesses grow and is on a mission to shine a light on entrepreneurs and uplift their brand. Winners of the Small Business Grant Contest get access to connections, a peer network and lots of opportunities to take their brand to the next level. Who wouldn’t want to earn money for their business? All you have to do is go online to http://fedex.com/grantcontest and tell FedEx about your business by March 2 for an opportunity to win.”

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Homestead:

FedEx is kicking off the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series by recognizing the outstanding performance of the AGFS and U.S. Operations team members in the BDL market. On Feb. 9, the letters BDL will appear on the B-post of the #11 Toyota at the Clash at Daytona. Employees in the BDL market in Hartford, Conn., are known for operational excellence, achieving a near all-time high MBG FedEx Priority Overnight service level of 97% in January, reducing Wrong Day Late service failures and achieving continuous improvement in aircraft load quality performance.

FedEx Office – Closest Daytona International Speedway

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

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