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Martinsville Recap:

Victory #3 of the year was in Denny Hamlin’s sights in the closing laps of the penultimate race of the season, as he led the field around the paperclip-shaped track with six laps to go. But after multiple laps of Alex Bowman trying unsuccessfully to make an inside pass on the FedEx Ground Toyota, Bowman finally shoved his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet under the left rear of Hamlin’s car and spun the #11 out of the lead. Bowman went on to win the race. Hamlin, after leading 103 laps, finished 24th. But the FedEx Racing driver’s result was enough to advance to the Championship 4, the four drivers who will compete for the Cup trophy next Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.

Phoenix Preview:

The Cup Series heads out West for the final race of the season at Phoenix Raceway, where Hamlin will be one of the Championship 4 competing for the 2021 Cup trophy. The event marks the third straight year that Hamlin has advanced to the final round of the Playoffs to compete for the title. In his 32 career races in Phoenix, Hamlin has notched two wins and 15 top-five finishes.

Race Info

Race Cup Series Championship  
Date/Time Sunday, Nov. 7/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 312 laps/ 312 miles  
Track Length 1 mile  
   
     
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Phoenix Raceway
Races 32
Wins 2
Poles 2
Top-5 15
Top-10 19
Laps Led 854
Avg. Start 9.8
Avg. Finish 10.8

Hamlin Conversation – Phoenix:

What is your strategy for outracing the other three drivers competing for the title?

I’m just trusting in my team. Joe Gibbs Racing has been focusing on this race for a long time, and I know we’ll bring a fast FedEx Camry. Ultimately, we just need to do the same things that got us to this point and made us successful.” 

Do you feel that this type of track gives you an edge?

“We have been stronger at the 750-horsepower tracks this year, and I think that’s going to help us. Last year, that was the weaker type of track for us, and the results showed that. This year, we worked on this package and our results are showing that improvement. So, this is an ideal track for us to get out there and run up front.”

FedEx Careers on the #11

This week at Phoenix Raceway, the FedEx Express Toyota will encourage fans to check out career opportunities with FedEx. “http://FedEx.com/careers” will appear on the back of the car, showing viewers how they can apply to join the FedEx team and represent the purple and orange just like Hamlin.

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Phoenix:

As the NASCAR season comes to a close and the championship title is determined, FedEx Express recognizes the hard work and dedication of the everyday champions at the SFOA station in San Francisco, Calif., by having the letters SFOA appear on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at Phoenix Raceway. FedEx thanks all the dedicated FedEx Express teams for riding along during the 2021 NASCAR season and striving to make every FedEx experience outstanding. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Phoenix Raceway:

3731 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410, (336) 282-5650

Kansas Recap:

Hamlin started sixth in the FedEx Freight Toyota and asked for help tightening up the car’s handling throughout the first two stages. Extremely windy conditions also made the car a white-knuckled handful, with gusts frequently pushing drivers up the track and sometimes into the wall. The FedEx Racing driver was able to keep the car out of the fence despite the challenging weather and finished the first two stages in fifth and eighth, respectively. The #11 team made some headway on the car’s handling in Stage 3, allowing Hamlin to circle the mile-and-a-half oval a little faster. Track position was difficult to make up, but he was able to climb multiple spots to cross the finish line in fifth. The result put him 32 points above the cut line to make the Championship 4 – the final four drivers who will compete for the NASCAR Cup Series trophy in the last race of the season at Phoenix Raceway.

Martinsville Preview:

The Cup Series moves on next to Martinsville Speedway on Sunday for the final race in the Playoffs’ Round of 8. Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team will look to claim their spot in the Championship 4 either with a win or a solid points day. In his 31 career races at the half-mile, paperclip-shaped oval, Hamlin has notched five wins and 16 top-5 finishes.

Race Info

Race Xfinity 500  
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 31/ 2:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 500 laps/ 263 miles  
Track Length .526 miles  
   
     
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Martinsville Speedway
Races 34
Wins 5
Poles 4
Top-5 16
Top-10 22
Laps Led 1,884
Avg. Start 8.5
Avg. Finish 9.7

Hamlin Conversation – Martinsville:

How do you feel about your chances at Martinsville and the short track package?

“I’m confident in our chances at Martinsville. We’ve been very strong at these types of racetracks, and I’ll think we’ll have a really good FedEx Toyota when we go there. We want to battle for a win. Because if we’re in the battle for a win, we’ll be fine no matter where we finish.” 

Will you have a particular strategy, given your points position and what you need to advance?

“I think we should be OK. But, of course, you just never know what can happen. I just need to make sure I get some stage points and don’t give it away early, and I think we’ll be alright to advance.”

FedEx “Drop Off, Win Big” Sweepstakes on the #11

The TV panel of the #11 car will carry a special message at Martinsville, encouraging FedEx small business customers to participate in the “Drop Off, Win Big” sweepstakes going on now through January. Small business owners can register online to have a chance to win up to $10,000, just for dropping off their packages at any of the 60,000-plus locations across the U.S. The TV panel message points fans to the URL where they can learn more and  enter: https://fedex.com/dropoffsweeps

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Martinsville:

With the national observance of Corporate Compliance Week (Nov. 7-13) approaching, the alpha code “DELV” on Hamlin’s car recognizes the extraordinary focus on processes and compliance by the FedEx Ground’s Delaware Valley District.

FedEx Office – Closest to Martinsville Speedway:

3731 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410, (336) 282-5650

Texas Recap:

Denny Hamlin came away with an 11th-place finish in Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway despite two wrecks and a less-than-perfect car. Hamlin was running in the top 10 for most of the race while the team continued to work on the handling during each pit stop. During Stage 3, Hamlin’s day took a sharp downturn. First, contact with a competitor caused a flat tire that sent him spinning. A short time later, he incurred damage in a multi-car accident that started in front of him. Despite the damage, Hamlin was able to regain ground and crossed the finish line in 11th

 

Kansas Preview:

The Cup Series heads next to Kansas Speedway on Sunday for the second race in the Playoffs’ Round of 8. Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team will look to secure their spot to advance to the Championship 4. In his 26 career races at Kansas Speedway, Hamlin has notched three wins and eight top-5 finishes.

Race Info

Race Hollywood Casino 400  
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 24/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 267 laps/ 400.5 miles  
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking  Turns: 17-20°; Straights: 5-11°  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kansas Speedway
Races 26
Wins 3
Poles 0
Top-5 8
Top-10 9
Laps Led 349
Avg. Start 12.5
Avg. Finish 14.4

Hamlin Conversation – Kansas:

You were able to gain a point over the cut at Texas that now sets you up well for Kansas. What kind of racing do you expect this weekend?

“It was a crazy day. The way these cars race where we are packed up for a couple of laps, you just never know. It’s going to be the same way at Kansas. Hopefully, we bring a fast piece there, and we can go there and compete for a win.”

 

Do you know why Kansas has been such a good track for you?

“We found a set-up that really works well there for me. I’m not really sure what has clicked, but the last four races have been really good for us. I really like that racetrack. It’s smooth, it’s wide, you can really work the lanes when you need to. It’s a fun racetrack and one that we’ve got circled that we could possibly win and punch our ticket.”

 

FedEx Freight Along for the Ride at Kansas:

For the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Wichita, Kan., service center by featuring the call letters WTK on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The Wichita service center, opened in 2010, has approximately 155 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 and the FedEx Racing team scored a top-10 finish in a rain-delayed and rain-shortened race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Monday. The original event, scheduled to go 500 miles, was postponed on Sunday after just a couple pace laps as rains soaked the track before the first green flag could wave. Hamlin, in the pole position, led the field back to pit road as officials make the call to postpone until Monday. Resuming Monday afternoon, rain clouds still dropped occasional sprinkles on the 2.66-mile oval, including a shower that prompted an 18-minute red-flag period early in Stage 2. Hamlin dropped to the back of the pack early in the event, then got aggressive later when he knew rain could end the race prematurely as he pushed for a second straight win. He led three times for a total of six laps. The rains came again late in Stage 2, forcing another stoppage. That shower thoroughly soaked the track and caused NASCAR to call the event complete after running 117 of the scheduled 188 laps. Hamlin climbed out of his car with a seventh-place finish as Bubba Wallace earned his first Cup Series win.

 

Charlotte Preview:

The Cup Series heads next to the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ROVAL (road course/oval hybrid) on Sunday for the final race in the Playoffs’ Round of 12. Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team have already secured their spot to advance to the Round of 8. In his three career races at the ROVAL course in Charlotte, Hamlin has yet to be victorious.

Race Info

Race Bank of America ROVAL 400  
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 10/ 2:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 109 laps/252.88 miles  
Track Length 2.32 miles  
Track Shape Road Course
     
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
Races 3
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 0
Top-10 0
Laps Led 0
Avg. Start 18.7
Avg. Finish 15.3

Hamlin Conversation – Charlotte:

What makes the Roval so challenging?

“There are a lot of interesting things about the Roval – how narrow the track is, so there’s a lack of passing zones. There’s not really a lot of run-off areas. So, there are a lot of challenges with the track itself and why it’s such a wild card. It’s very intricate in that sense. We don’t have as many playoff points as we’ve had in the past, so we’re going to have to be very smart with how we race that track.”

 

What’s your approach to those challenges?

“We have to make sure we put ourselves in a very smart position in hopefully getting a good starting spot, and that goes into how we prepared the week before. It’s been a track that’s been tough on me and my results. But, in general, we’re better on road courses this year than what we’ve been in the past, so I’m pretty optimistic.”

 

FedEx Office Along for the Ride at Charlotte:

The Miami South team in D56 is proud to be leading the pack and going “Along for the Ride” on the FedEx #11 car in Charlotte. FedEx works hard to provide outstanding service every day and admires team members for their consistent hard work  to support FedEx customers.

FedEx Office – Closest to Charlotte Motor Raceway:

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

Las Vegas Recap:

Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team scored their second win of the Playoffs and claimed their spot in the Round of 8 with a dominant win Sunday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hamlin led more than half of the race and claimed the Stage 2 win before pulling away in Stage 3 to lead the race’s final 39 laps. Crew chief Chris Gabehart and the #11 team got the FedEx Office Toyota handling better and better as the race wore on, and the pit crew gained Hamlin positions on pit road with fast stops as well. The win is Hamlin’s first at the 1.5-mile Nevada oval and his second of the 2021 season.

 

Talladega Preview:

Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team now head into the more precarious Round of 12 races at Talladega Superspeedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval knowing they’ve already advanced to the next round. First up is the 2.66-mile superspeedway at Talladega on Sunday. In 31 career starts at the tri-oval track, Hamlin has recorded two wins and nine top-5 finishes, including a win at the fall race one year ago.

Race Info

Race YellaWood 500  
Date/Time Sunday, Oct. 3/ 2:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 188 laps/500.08 miles  
Track Length 2.66 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking  33 degrees  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Talladega Superspeedway
Races 31
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 9
Top-10 13
Laps Led 389
Avg. Start 16.4
Avg. Finish 17.2

Hamlin Conversation – Talladega:

Do you feel a sense of relief to know you’re already moving into the Round of 8?

“Definitely. Especially with the rest of this crazy round coming up. Talladega and the Roval are places where you don’t always have control over your own result, so it’s good to know we don’t have to worry about what might happen these next two weeks.”

Do you consider Kyle Larson your biggest competition in winning a title?

“We are our own competition. As long as we don’t make mistakes, we’re going to be OK. When we have clean races and don’t make any mistakes, we’re contending for race wins. We can’t really focus on one guy. I have to focus on the process that gives me a chance to race for a win. I just want an opportunity to go to Phoenix and have a chance.”

 

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Talladega:

Two Category 4 hurricanes just five weeks apart in September/October 2020 decimated Lake Charles, La., including the LCHA station. Despite catastrophic losses, station employees rallied as a team to provide humanitarian relief to the community while operating out of a makeshift trailer with limited connectivity. Fast forward to 2021, Lake Charles and surrounding communities once again were hit with two hurricanes just weeks apart, including another Category 4. Once again, the LCHA team responded by providing support and relief to the communities of Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Supporting the communities where they live and work epitomizes the FedEx culture value of CARING and is why FedEx Express is proud to honor its Lake Charles employees by featuring the letters LCHA on the B-post of the FedEx #11 at Talladega Superspeedway’s YellaWood 500.

FedEx Office – Closest to Talladega Superspeedway:

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

Bristol Recap:

Denny Hamlin had a third Bristol Motor Speedway win in his sights Saturday night. He’d already led 65 laps and was working on retaking the lead from Kyle Larson, but contact between the two cars cut a tire on the FedEx Freight Toyota and sent Hamlin sliding into the wall, ending his drive toward Victory Lane. The incident came with 101 laps to go in the 500-lap race, when Hamlin dove underneath Larson to go for the lead, and the two cars made side-by-side contact. The #11 team quickly made repairs under the ensuing caution and kept their car on the lead lap. But there weren’t enough laps remaining for Hamlin to get back to the front to challenge Larson. The FedEx Racing team did reclaim 13 spots, pushing the FedEx Camry from 22nd to ninth before the checkered flag flew as Larson crossed the line for the win.

 

 

Las Vegas Preview:

The Round of 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs takes the green flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday evening, taking the FedEx Racing team back to an intermediate track, where they’ve made significant gains in recent months. Hamlin is still looking for his first career win at the mile-and-a-half oval, where he has four top-five and nine top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place finish in March.

Race Info

Race South Point 400  
Date/Time Sunday, Sept. 26/ 7:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles  
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking  20 degrees  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Races 19
Wins 0
Poles 0
Top-5 4
Top-10 9
Laps Led 186
Avg. Start 15.2
Avg. Finish 12.9

Hamlin Conversation – Las Vegas:

Do you see Vegas as the most important race in the next round?

That is the track where you can control your own destiny the most, so that is the one you have to put the most emphasis on. If you do a good job as a driver and your car is fast and the team does their job, that is where you can get your best result. The other two tracks you are more likely to be caught up in someone else’s issues. I’m sure that race will be the most nervous the entire 12-car playoff field is going to be, hoping that they perform well, because there are just no givens after that.”

What has the team done to try to end your winless streak at Vegas?

“The second round, for many years, terrified me because Las Vegas was by far my worst mile-and-a-half racetrack. So, we found a set-up that really works for me there, and we’ve been really good. We’ve had good internal meetings about what I need to do to be the best car. I’ve been the second- or third-best car on the mile-and-a-halfs this year – (Kyle) Larson obviously being the stand-out best. As a team, we’ve got a plan, and I’ve got a plan, to take the next step to be a dominant car every week.”

 

FedEx Office Along for the Ride at Las Vegas:


FedEx Office recognizes FedEx Office District 122 – NYC East for being the top district in its Elite Club standings through June 2021. “D122” will be along for the ride with Denny Hamlin for the Las Vegas race, appearing on the B-post of the FedEx Office Toyota.

FedEx Office – Closest to Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

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

Richmond Recap:

Denny Hamlin dominated most of the 300-mile race at his home track of Richmond (Va.) Raceway Saturday night, but he would have needed a few more miles to chase down Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. in the end for the win. The Chesterfield, Va., led 197 of the 400 laps, winning the first two stages of the race. But a couple slow green-flag pit stops in Stage 3 knocked Hamlin back further in the top five, leaving him with plenty of ground to make up. He spent the final 50 laps of the race pushing his FedEx Ground Toyota as hard as he could, closing a seven-second gap behind leader Truex to just 1.5 seconds at the white flag. The final lap around the three-quarter-mile oval wasn’t enough to close the remaining gap, and Hamlin crossed the finish line in second behind Truex, collecting two playoff points for his stage wins.

 

 

Bristol Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the fan-favorite Bristol Night Race on Saturday, the final event in the Playoffs Round of 16. Hamlin has two career wins at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" – both in the annual night race. Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team have already clinched a spot in the next bracket of the Playoffs, the Round of 12, but look to add to their Bristol success on Saturday night.

Race Info

Race Bass Pro Shops Night Race  
Date/Time Sunday, Sept. 18/ 7:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 500 laps/266.5 miles  
Track Length 5 miles  
Track Shape Oval
2020 Winner  N/A  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Bristol Motor Speedway 
Races 30
Wins 2
Poles 4
Top-5 9
Top-10 14
Laps Led 829
Avg. Start 13.2
Avg. Finish 14.7

Hamlin Conversation – Bristol:

Knowing you’ve already clinched your spot in the Round of 12, what are your goals for the Bristol race?

“We want to win. Even though we’ve already punched our ticket into the next round, we want another win. Our team enjoyed that trip to Victory Lane a couple weeks ago, and we want to go back. Bristol is a favorite of our crew chief, Chris Gabehart, especially, and I think he wants that trophy as badly as any of us.”

The series hasn’t raced on the Bristol pavement since last year. Will the time away make it more difficult to prepare?

“Yeah, the last time we were at Bristol Motor Speedway, it was covered in dirt. So, it’s definitely a completely different race with a different type of car as we go back now for the second race this year. But Joe Gibbs Racing has a long history at that racetrack and a lot of success, so we’ll be dialed in as we always are.”

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Bristol Motor Speedway:


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

Darlington Recap:

Denny Hamlin kicked off the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with a win Sunday night at Darlington Raceway – his first of the season. Hamlin battled Kyle Larson for much of the event on the historic oval, but the driver of the #11 held off a late-charging Larson on the final lap of the race to bring home his third Southern 500 trophy. The win punched Hamlin’s ticket to the Round of 12 of the Playoffs, with two more races remaining in the opening Round of 16.

 

 

Richmond Preview:

Race #2 of the Round of 16 takes Hamlin to his hometown track of Richmond Raceway, a three-quarter-mile oval where the Chesterfield, Va., native owns three wins in 29 Cup starts. The FedEx Ground Toyota team performed well at the track in April, starting and finishing the race in second. Saturday night’s race falls on a somber anniversary – the 20-year mark since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In commemoration, the 300-mile race has been specially named the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders.

Race Info

Race Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders  
Date/Time Sunday, Sept. 11/ 7:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 400 laps/300 miles  
Track Length 75 miles  
Track Shape Oval
2020 Winner  N/A  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Richmond Raceway 
Races 29
Wins 3
Poles 3
Top-5 14
Top-10 18
Laps Led 1.911
Avg. Start 9.7
Avg. Finish 9.0

Hamlin Conversation – Richmond:

Does having one win already in the Round of 16 change the way you approach the rest of the round?

“We want to win these next two races, too. We’re not going to take these next two weeks off. We want to keep this momentum going. That way, when we get to the treacherous second round, we’re ready and we’re in Playoff form.”

Do you remember where you were on the day of the 9/11 attacks?

“I was putting the exhaust on my new late-model car that my parents spent every dollar they had on, and tragedy struck, and we all were glued to the TV for the next eight hours. It was certainly a defining moment in our country. We don’t take lightly everything that happened, and we have such an appreciation for all the first responders who went to the scene and especially for those who never went home again.”

FedEx Ground Along For The Ride:

The SCAL district’s focus on “Safety Above All” lands them a placement on the B-post of the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota race car during the Sept. 11 Richmond Raceway race.

FedEx Office – Closest to Richmond Raceway:

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

Michigan Recap:

Denny Hamlin earned his 13th top-five finish of the season Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in the penultimate race of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season. The 400-mile event was a chaotic one – with four-wide passing and 11 different leaders – with plenty of contact that left the FedEx Express Toyota with dings and dents all around. After starting ninth, Hamlin took the lead after a Stage 1 caution by pitting for fuel only. He led four laps in that stage and six more in Stage 3, all the while mixing it up with multiple other frontrunners. In the final cycle of green-flag stops, Hamlin came to pit road for fresh tires and fuel with about 35 laps remaining. He then surged from the back of the top 20 to chase down the leaders once again. But a pop-up rain shower brought out the yellow flag with 19 laps to go and doused his momentum. Drivers circled the track amid the raindrops under yellow for only five laps, and then the green flag waved once again. A multi-car wreck brought out a final caution with 13 laps to go, setting the stage for 10 wild, final green-flag laps. Hamlin was behind leader William Byron, both choosing the preferred top lane. Ryan Blaney, the first driver to opt for the low lane, used the front-row position to make his move for the lead. While Byron and Hamlin were racing each other, Blaney took off and, 10 laps later, took the checkered flag. Hamlin crossed the line fifth.

Daytona Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series moves to Florida for the final regular season race of the 2021 season at Daytona International Speedway. In recent history, Hamlin has been the king of Daytona with three career wins, including back-to-back Daytona 500 victories in 2019 and 2020. Hamlin and team are still in mathematical contention for the regular season championship and will look for a win and a big points day to push them to the top of the standings.

FedEx Cares on the #11

The FedEx Toyota will have a special Shaping Black Futures paint scheme at the Daytona race, highlighting the longtime FedEx commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The scheme includes an illustration of HBCU college graduates, “Shaping Black Futures” on the quarter panel, and four HBCU school logos – Jackson State, Tennessee State, Mississippi Valley State, and Lemoyne Owen – on the rear bumper.

Race Info

Race Coke Zero Sugar 400  
Date/Time Saturday, August 28/ 7:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 160 laps/400 miles  
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 31 Degrees  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway 
Races 31
Wins 3
Poles 0
Top-5 11
Top-10 12
Laps Led 628
Avg. Start 16.6
Avg. Finish 16.0

Hamlin Conversation – Daytona:

What is the message behind the FedEx Shaping Black Futures paint scheme?

“The scheme focuses on the FedEx initiative to shape the futures of Black students and foster relationships across several HBCUs. We have included four HBCU logos on the TV panel of the car. FedEx stands dedicated to making the communities it serves more equitable and creating opportunities for the next generation.”

How do you like your chances of winning the final race of the regular season at Daytona?

“Daytona’s been one of the best tracks for me. I’ve won the 500, and I’d love to win the Coke Zero 400. I’m a Coke driver and I have not yet won that race. We seem to put ourselves in contention each and every year at Daytona, so we always look forward to racing there. And because my playoff spot is clinched, I can go on offense. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Daytona International Speedway:

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

Indianapolis Recap:

Denny Hamlin looked to be headed for his first win of the 2021 season Sunday, leading on an overtime restart on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. But the FedEx Racing team’s day was ruined when series rookie Chase Briscoe bumped the #11 Toyota from behind and sent him spinning off the course. The move by Briscoe stunned Hamlin and others, as Briscoe had seconds earlier short-cut one of the course turns and would consequently need to serve a penalty. The move that sent the #11 into the grass would cost Hamlin the potential win and relegate him to a 23rd-place finish. Briscoe later claimed he was unaware of the penalty. The race on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit was the first for the NASCAR Cup Series, which traditionally has run the oval at the historic Indianapolis venue. The 231-mile event featured plenty of action, including two multi-car incidents that triggered red flags late in the race, one forcing overtime. After the incident involving Hamlin and Briscoe, A.J. Allmendinger surged ahead to claim the victory. Despite the disappointing ending for the FedEx Racing team, the race result was enough to clinch a berth in the Cup Series Playoffs.

Michigan Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Midwest and Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, returning to oval racing after two consecutive weeks on road courses. Hamlin and team will look to use their momentum after clinching a playoff spot in Indianapolis and their history at the Michigan track, which includes two wins. With only two races left in the regular season, the #FedEx11 team is eyeing a boost in points to win the regular season championship before kicking off the playoffs.

Race Info

Race FireKeepers Casino 400  
Date/Time Sunday, August 22/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 200 laps/400 miles  
Track Length 2 miles  
Track Shape Oval
     
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Michigan International Speedway 
Races 30
Wins 2
Poles 1
Top-5 9
Top-10 15
Laps Led 214
Avg. Start 11.8
Avg. Finish 13.2

Hamlin Conversation – Indianapolis:

Now that you’ve secured your spot in the 2021 playoffs, does your mindset change at all?

“We were never worried about it. We knew our weekly performance would get us in whether we won or not. Now we just need to try to get ourselves in the best position and the most points we can get before the playoffs start.”

Are you grateful to be going back to an oval and a familiar track where the series has a history?

“There’s definitely something to be said for familiarity when it comes to racetracks. Last week was pretty messy with it being the first time that course was set up for Cup cars. We’ve made some progress on our intermediate program this season, so I’m looking forward to going to the Michigan oval this week.”

FedEx Express Along For The Ride at Michigan:

The #11 car will carry the letters GRR on the B-posts in recognition of the FedEx Express U.S. Operations and AGFS teams in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Grand Rapids market has played an active role in the U.S. and worldwide distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. None of this could have been accomplished without the work and support of the 648 dedicated personnel who make up the FedEx Express Grand Rapids team.

FedEx Office – Closest to Michigan International Speedway:

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

Watkins Glen Recap:

Denny Hamlin scored his 12th top-five finish of the season with a last-lap pass on the road course of Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Sunday. The FedEx Express Toyota was fast all day, leading six laps and passing cars during all three stages, including the final pass around William Byron as the cars approached the white flag. The #11 team might have competed for a top-three finish – or even battled for the win – but Hamlin had to give up the lead to head to pit road for fuel with 28 laps to go. Kyle Larson won the 90-lap, 220-mile event, climbing into a tie with Hamlin for the regular-season points lead. The two will battle it out for the remaining three races before the playoff cut-off, each vying for the 15 bonus points to carry into the post-season.

Indianapolis Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads next to “The Brickyard” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday – but this time for some road course racing inside the oval track. Hamlin and team will look to use their momentum after a top-5 finish at Watkins Glen. With only three races left in the regular season, the #FedEx11 team is gearing up for a strong playoff push and to put themselves in the position to win the regular-season championship.

Race Info

Race Verizon 200 at the Brickyard  
Date/Time Sunday, August 15/ 1:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 82 laps/200 miles  
Track Length 2.439 miles  
Track Shape 14-Turn Road Course
     
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course)
Races 0
Wins N/A
Poles N/A
Top-5 N/A
Top-10 N/A
Laps Led N/A
Avg. Start N/A
Avg. Finish N/A

Hamlin Conversation – Indianapolis:

What are your thoughts on switching to the road course instead of racing the big oval?

“We lost a ‘major.’ That part of it stinks. I think as a driver, you would not regard the road course win the same as the Brickyard win. But I’m for whatever they want to change to get enthusiasm in that area. Indianapolis has always been one of the highest tune-in markets every week, but we need to get them to the race track. If they mix it up and more people come and see us race the road course, then that’s OK. I’m good with that.”

With only three races left in the regular season, and you’re tied with Kyle Larson atop the point standings, what’s your approach?

“It’s definitely different to get a break like this, but I think it was good for everybody, especially the team guys, to get that break. But now it’s time to get back to business. I’m confident we’ll bring a fast car to The Glen, so we just have to go out there and execute.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

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

New Hampshire Recap:

The race started under damp conditions, and misty rains picked up quickly in the first few laps. Fresh tires on wet pavement led to three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, including Hamlin, getting sideways on Lap 6. The FedEx Office Camry suffered minor damage resulting from contact during the slide, and the team was pushed back to 17th. NASCAR then put out the red flag to wait out the rainy conditions. After an hour-and-40-minute delay, the race resumed with the #11 no worse for the wear. The car was still fast, and Hamlin started making his way to the front. The FedEx Racing pit crew was speedy, too, gaining Hamlin spots on pit road twice during Stage 2. The team stayed in the top five, including leading a lap, throughout the segment. But during the team’s stage-break pit stop, a lug nut became lodged behind the left front wheel as the crew changed tires. As Hamlin took off from his pit box, he instantly felt the wheel was loose and was forced to return to pit road the following lap. The tire-changing mishap pushed him back to 26th, but he used the remaining laps in Stage 3 to battle back to a 10th-place finish.

Watkins Glen Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series is back after two weeks off and is headed to the New York Finger Lakes for road course racing at Watkins Glen International. This will be the first race at the track in two years and Hamlin’s 15th career race at the track. In those 14 previous races, he’s won once while finishing in the top five four times and the top 10 seven times.

Race Info

Race Go Bowling at The Glen  
Date/Time Sunday, August 8/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 90 laps/220.5 miles  
Track Length 2.45 miles  
Track Shape 11-Turn Road Course
     
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Watkins Glen International
Races 14
Wins 1
Top-5 4
Top-10 7
Laps Led 12
Avg.
Start
12.7
Avg. Finish 16.3
   

Hamlin Conversation – Watkins Glen:

The series hasn’t raced at Watkins Glen in two years. How difficult an adjustment will it be to go back and be ready?

“We’ll prepare for it just like we do with all the other road courses, where all the drivers will get in the simulators and get acclimated to it pretty quickly. But Cup drivers are so good at being presented with a challenge and stepping up and being extremely good at it. I expect some of the first laps of the race will be some of the fastest laps of the race because these guys are so tuned in. Although it will be different because it has been two years, for most drivers who have been doing it for 10-plus years, it will be a quick adjustment.”

How do you feel about coming back to racing after a couple of weeks off?

“It’s definitely different to get a break like this, but I think it was good for everybody, especially the team guys, to get that break. But now it’s time to get back to business. I’m confident we’ll bring a fast car to The Glen, so we just have to go out there and execute.”

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Watkins Glen:

The NASCAR Cup Series will make its visit to Watkins Glen International on Sunday, and the FedEx Express station JGXA in the LA Empire District is going Along for the Ride. JGXA was the first station to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine in the PACWEST and has delivered the most vaccines of any station in the LA Empire District. FedEx Express is proud to recognize the 325 employees at JGXA for their dedication and commitment to their customers and the community.

FedEx Office – Closest to Watkins Glen International:

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

Atlanta Recap:

Denny Hamlin had a top-five car at Atlanta Motor Speedway – maybe even one capable of winning. After starting third, Hamlin ran near the front and even led two laps until getting hit with a pit road speeding penalty during the Stage 2 break. After starting Stage 3 at the rear of the field, he climbed back to finish 13th.

New Hampshire Outlook:

The NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to New England for 301 laps of action at New Hampshire Motor speedway on Sunday. Hamlin has notched three wins at the “Magic Mile” in his career with his most recent victory in 2017. He and the #FedEx11 team will look to replicate that previous success this weekend as they continue to seek a “W” with only five races remaining in the regular season.

Race Info

Race Foxwoods Resort Casino 301  
Date/Time Sunday, July 18/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 301 laps/318.46 miles  
Track Length 1 mile  
Banking 7 degrees
Track Shape Oval  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Races 27
Wins 3
Top-5 11
Top-10 16
Laps Led 754
Avg.
Start
10.4
Avg. Finish 9.6
   

Hamlin Conversation – New Hampshire:

How do you feel about going back to a shorter track this week?

“We’re confident going back there. Our short track package has been better this year. It’s something we put an emphasis on because of the final race being in Phoenix. We got our tails kicked there last year in the Championship 4, so we put more focus on it and we’ve gotten better.”

How do you feel about the points battle right now?

“I’m grateful that we are still leading in points. I feel like we’ve gone through a month or two of not performing at our peak. Our bad days are finishing fifth or sixth – we’re not out to lunch. But we’re just not as dominant as we were. We’re not leading laps like we were at the beginning of the season. So, we’re just weathering the storm until we get a little better. And I think we can start to see that in the next few races. There’s definitely some pride in winning the regular season championship. Don’t think I’m not trying.”

FedEx Office Along for the Ride at New Hampshire:

The “FXO” on the #11’s B-post is a thank-you to all FedEx Office team members for rising to meet and overcome challenges on a daily basis.

FedEx Office – Closest to New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

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

 

Pocono Doubleheader Recap:

A fast FedEx Ground Toyota and strong pit strategy helped Denny Hamlin finish fourth in Saturday’s 325-mile race at Pocono Raceway in the first race of a weekend doubleheader. Hamlin started the event in 10th and moved up and down the leaderboard as the team worked a different pit cycle than many of the other cars. The team’s long-pit strategy led to Hamlin taking the lead in the final stage with 36 laps to go as others hit pit road. He led for 11 laps before being one of the last cars to peel off for a final green-flag stop, taking right-side tires and fuel. He rejoined the field in seventh and went to work chasing down the leaders. He passed two cars to claim fifth, and then moved to fourth when Kyle Larson crashed out of the lead on the last lap with a blown tire. In the second race of the weekend, Denny Hamlin was a lap away from his first win of the season. He was out front at a track where he already has six wins, and he had been saving fuel since his last trip to pit road early in Stage 3. But his FedEx Toyota sputtered out of gas on the last lap, forcing him to pit as the white flag waved. Hamlin crossed the line 14th after his pit stop.

 

 

 

Road America Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series is traveling to Wisconsin to its Road America road course for the Fourth of July weekend. Hamlin has no experience at this track but will look to capture a road course win as he works to officially secure a spot in the playoffs. The team is coming off two strong performances at Pocono Raceway and will attempt to carry that momentum into this weekend.

Race Info

Race Jockey Made in America 250 Presented by Kwik Trip  
Date/Time Sunday, July 4/ 2:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 62 laps/250 miles  
Track Length 4.048 miles  
Track Shape Road Course
     
     

Hamlin Conversation – Road America:

How does it feel to race at a new track this week, and what can you do to position yourself to be successful?

“I didn’t race there in the Xfinity Series, so I’ll be one of the inexperienced guys. I like going to unfamiliar places. I like the process of trying to learn them. The great drivers have a way of figuring it out when they go someplace new. I hear it’s pretty smooth and has some heavy braking zones. You’re going to have to have a car that works well under braking. All road courses pose a challenge. Getting laps in the simulator, of course, helps. But, I’m excited about it. I love the challenge of being somewhere for the first time, and that track is certainly going to pose that challenge for me.”

What would it mean to get a win at Road America in your first time running on the track?

“Any time you can win somewhere new, especially when everyone is there for the first time, it makes it more special. It means you adapted to that racetrack quicker than everyone else. There will be some drivers that have some Xfinity experience there, like Kyle Busch, and they’ll have a little bit of advantage over us. But I’m sure once we get through some practice, we’ll be good.”

FedEx Freight Along for the Ride at Road America:

For the NASCAR Cup Jockey Made in America 250 at Road America, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Sheboygan, Wis., service center by featuring the call letters SBM on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The Sheboygan service center, opened in 2019, has approximately 30 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to Road America:

3434 Mill Rd., Sheboygan, WI 53083 (920) 803-5065

Nashville Recap:

Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team were fighting for a top-10 finish Sunday at Nashville Superspeedway, but fell outside the top 20 when they had to pit for fuel in the closing laps. The disappointing finish followed an afternoon of numerous adjustments to make the FedEx Express Toyota handle better around the 1.33-mile oval. Hamlin started 13th and fell as far back as 27th during Stage 1 when the car’s handling was at its worst. But the stop-after-stop tinkering with the set-up paid off in Stages 2 and 3, when the team ran consistently in the top five. The handling on the #11 took a step backward on the final run of the 399-mile event, knocking Hamlin out of the top five. The team was still in position to earn a top-10 finish, but Hamlin had to bring the car into the pits for fuel with two laps remaining. The move relegated him to a 21st-place finish, one lap down.

 

 

Pocono Preview:

It’s a doubleheader this weekend as the Cup Series makes its way to the triangular course of Pocono Raceway for races on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, Hamlin and team finished second in the first race of the doubleheader and then earned a visit to Victory Lane in the second. At a track where he’s been a high performer his entire Cup career, Hamlin will look to repeat his past success at the “Tricky Triangle.”

Saturday Race Info

Race Pocono Organics CBD 325  
Date/Time Saturday, June 26/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 130 laps/325 miles  
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Triangle
2020 Winner Kevin Harvick  
     

Sunday Race Info

Race Explore the Pocono Mountains 350
Date/Time Sunday, June 27/ 3:30 p.m. ET
Distance 140 laps/350 miles
Track Length 2.5 miles
Track Shape Triangle
2020 Winner Denny Hamlin
   
   
   

Hamlin Statistics

Track Pocono Raceway
Races 30
Wins 6
Top-5 13
Top-10 20
Laps Led 785
Avg. Start 7.4
Avg. Finish 11.3
   

Hamlin Conversation – Pocono:

How does your success at Pocono feed into your confidence?

Just because we had success in the doubleheader there last year, I don’t think it will automatically mean we’ll have success this year. A lot of things about the cars and the rules have changed since last year. But I’m optimistic about it. I think we’re going to continue to get better as a team. And these summer months are really where we should be hitting our stride.”

Last year there were no fans in attendance due to COVID-19. But now with fans returning to the track does it feel like the intensity is higher?

“Pocono Raceway has got some very passionate fans. For 16 years, I’ve gotten to see some packed crowds there. So, winning there last year without fans around, you didn’t feel the same excitement. It will be fantastic to have the fans back and the infield packed with campers and kids playing. It’s part of what makes it a great track.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Pocono:

The Northeast District leads the FedEx Ground Eastern region in safety metrics, so “NEST” will appear on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota for the June 26/27 Pocono Raceway doubleheader to recognize their accomplishment.

FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway:

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

All-Star Recap:

Following a random draw, Hamlin started the multi-segment non-points paying event from the 16th position, and after a handful of laps, reported he was battling an extremely loose FedEx Camry. However, the unique format would give crew chief Chris Gabehart plenty of opportunities to make necessary adjustments to improve the handling. As the race progressed and adjustments were made, Hamlin became more comfortable with the handling and worked his way up to third during the fourth segment. Hamlin managed to stay in the top 10 during the fifth segment, which included a mandatory pit stop. The FedEx crew changed four tires during the stop but realized there was a good possibility that some of the lug nuts might not be tight. The team was hopeful there would be a well-timed caution that would allow them to remedy the situation, but the caution never came and Hamlin had to pit prior to the end of the race, relegating him to the 21st finishing position.

 

 

 

Nashville Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Music City for the first ever running of the Ally 400 Cup Series event at Nashville Superspeedway. Drivers will try to conquer the 1.333-mile concrete oval in front of a sold-out crowd. Hamlin and his team will look to use their past success at superspeedways in an attempt to capture their first win of the season.

Race Info

Race Ally 400  
Date/Time Sunday, June 20/ 3:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 300 laps/399 miles  
Track Shape Oval  
Track Length 1.333 miles
2020 Winner N/A  
     

Hamlin Conversation – Nashville:

What are you looking forward to and what will be the struggle going to a track where no one really has much experience?

“It’s been 15 years since I’ve raced there, and I can remember how difficult it is to pass there, but we’ll have practice and that will be really helpful to get to know the track to find the lanes that we want to be in. I think it’s going to be a fun race, and it’s always interesting when you’re racing at a new track.”

What do you think about NASCAR adding this new destination to the Cup schedule?

“I know a lot of work has gone into getting the track ready for this event. Nashville is a great town, and there’s a lot for fans to do – at the track and in the surrounding area. It’s not just the race; there’s a whole family atmosphere and there’s a lot of fun things to do.”

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Nashville:

The #11 FedEx Express Toyota will carry the letters FYMA on the B-post in recognition of the FYMA Station in Columbia, Tenn. During the past year, the 36 team members at FYMA dealt with personal tragedies, with three employees losing loved ones – two sons and a brother – in the space of one month. The FYMA team pulled together and covered the open shifts and showed uplifting support for their fellow team members during trying times.  

FedEx Office – Closest to Nashville Superspeedway:

5987 Lebanon Rd Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (615) 410-3250

Sonoma Recap:

The 12-turn, 2.52-mile, California road course offers plenty of opportunity for cars to make contact, and it happened early for the #11 team. After lining up fourth for the start, the FedEx Camry took on front-end damage during Stage 1 of the 232-mile event, as contact punched in the car’s nose. By the later stages, the left front fender was heavily damaged as well, affecting the car’s speed. Between the torn-up front end and an off-sequence pit strategy, Hamlin didn’t have much of a chance to compete with the dominant car of Kyle Larson, who went on to win his second consecutive race in a two-lap overtime finish. But the FedEx Racing driver did battle back from outside the top 20 to grab a top-10 result, crossing the line eighth.

 

 

All-Star Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series makes its way to the Lone Star State for the annual running of the NASCAR All-Star Race. Hamlin and the #FedEx11 team will be ready to show why they’re still at the top of the point standings when they hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the 1.5-mile oval’s first hosting of the exhibition event. Hamlin will go for his second career All-Star victory.

Race Info

Race NASCAR All-Star Race  
Date/Time Sunday, June 13/ 8:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 100 laps/150 miles  
Track Shape Oval  
Track Length 1.5 miles
Banking 24 degrees  
2020 Winner (Bristol) Chase Elliott  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Texas Motor Speedway
Races 30
Wins 3
Top-5 7
Top-10 14
Laps Led 288
Avg. Start 13.3
Avg. Finish 13.8
   

Hamlin Conversation – Texas (All-Star):

Are you ready for the wild format of the All-Star Race?

“We’re ready for anything. NASCAR sets the format to be entertaining for the fans, and it’s certainly set up to do that. Random draws, inverts, pit stops – it should put on quite a show. It definitely won’t be boring.”

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

“We’ve had strong performances at Texas in the past, but we need to up our game a bit on mile-and-a-halfs. With the wild rules, we might need luck to fall in our favor, too. However, I believe in our FedEx team and know we are always capable of getting the job done.”

FedEx Office Along for the Ride at Texas:

FedEx thanks all FedEx Office team members for rising to meet and overcome challenges on a daily basis.

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Texas Motor Speedway:

9604 Old Denton Rd, Suite 104, Fort Worth, TX (817) 741-3585

Charlotte Recap:

Hamlin started the race in 14th and quickly learned the handling of the FedEx Freight Toyota was going to be challenging for the NASCAR Cup Series’ longest race of the season. The car responded differently depending on what line Hamlin ran and whether he was in traffic, and the day-into-night track conditions affected the handling, too. The #11 team was able to lead three laps in Stage 2, but the car wasn’t strong enough to maintain a spot up front. With track position difficult to come by, the team was able to use pit strategy and fast pit stops to move up the leaderboard at various points of the race. But it wasn’t enough to get close to Kyle Larson, who led 327 of the 400 laps and scored the victory.

 

 

Sonoma Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the road course of Sonoma Raceway after a year off (due to COVID) on Sunday, June 6. With 12 turns and 160 feet of a total elevation change on the track, Sonoma will be the third test of the FedEx team’s road racing program this season. Hamlin seeks his first career victory at Sonoma and first of the 2021 season.

Race Info

Race Toyota Save Mart 350  
Date/Time Sunday, June 6/ 4:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 90 laps/226.8 miles  
Track Length 2.52 miles  
Track Shape Road Course
2020 Winner  N/A  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Sonoma Raceway
Races 14
Wins 0
Top-5 4
Top-10 6
Laps Led 100
Avg. Start 17.1
Avg. Finish 17.7
   

Hamlin Conversation – Sonoma:

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 Charlotte, 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 still remained the points leader and are continuing to learn from each race.”

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

“Road courses are never easy and always tough no matter where you race. 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 Express Along for the Ride at Sonoma:

Amid increased safety and security risks stemming from civil unrest, dedicated team members in the Minneapolis, Minn., market spent months navigating emotional crowds, street closures and other obstacles while on the road providing service to FedEx customers. Safety and security are top priorities at FedEx Express. That is why they are pleased to recognize the extraordinary efforts of the Minneapolis employees at MSPR, AELA, BRDA, DLHA, EAUA, FBLA, JDTA, MICA, and STCA with the letters MSP on the B-post of the Toyota #11 at the Sonoma Raceway Toyota/Save Mart 350.

FedEx Office – Closest to Sonoma Raceway:

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

COTA Recap:

Sunday’s event at the Circuit of the Americas road course was soaked with rain for most of the afternoon, creating treacherous conditions and poor visibility, resulting in multiple serious wrecks. Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota avoided any damage-causing incidents but did go off course once after a spin in Stage 1. With teams on various pit strategies balancing fuel mileage and worsening weather, Stage 3 saw numerous lead changes. Hamlin was running fifth when he hit pit road on Lap 49 for his final green-flag fuel stop. He rejoined the field in 19th and gained five positions before NASCAR called the cars to pit road and finalized the race on Lap 54, giving Chase Elliott the win and Hamlin a 14th-place result.

 

 

Charlotte Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway as Hamlin and team gear up for 600 miles of racing, the longest race this season. The FedEx Racing team will honor SSgt T.J. Dudley during NASCAR’s “600 Miles of Remembrance” this Memorial Day weekend. Dudley was a United States Marine Corps V-22 Osprey crew chief when he was killed in action on July 7, 2011, in Afghanistan. In his 11 years in the Marines, Dudley was honored with the Air Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Outstanding Service Medal, Campaign Medals for Iraq and Afghanistan, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and the Purple Heart. Members of his family will attend the Coca-Cola 600, where Hamlin’s name on the FedEx Toyota’s windshield will be replaced with “SSgt. Dudley.”

Race Info

Race Coca-Cola 600  
Date/Time Sunday, May 30/ 6:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 400 laps/600 miles  
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Quad-oval
2020 Winner  Brad Keselowski  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Races 29
Wins 0
Top-5 10
Top-10 18
Laps Led 377
Avg. Start 11.6
Avg. Finish 12.5
   

Hamlin Conversation – COTA:

Charlotte is one of a few tracks where you’ve yet to win in your career. How bad do you want to capture that elusive first win?

“It’s probably the No. 1 race on my list of races to win. I’ve been a Coke driver for 16 years, so it would be big to win the Coca-Cola 600. It’s just an elite event that you want on your resume. I’ve finished everywhere in the top five but, for various reasons, have never been able to get the win.”

What does it mean to have SSgt. T.J. Dudley’s name on your windshield this race?

“It's an absolute honor to have Sgt. Dudley's name on our FedEx Toyota for the Memorial Day race weekend. Reading about his years of service, the medals he earned and all the sacrifices he made for our country, we can truly call him a hero. We'll work hard to get our car out front Sunday night so all eyes will be on his name."

FedEx Freight Along for the Ride at Charlotte:


For the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Baltimore, Md., service center by featuring the call letters BMM on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The Baltimore service center, opened in 1995, has approximately 200 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, (704) 979-1971

Dover Recap:

Hamlin started second for the 400-mile event at the Monster Mile, but the start of the race would be indicative of how restarts would go the rest of the day – the #11 FedEx Office Toyota was not strong on the short run. The car hovered around the top five for most of the 400-lap race, and passes for position were hard to come by. The FedEx Racing team made improvements that helped the car’s handling later in the race, but it wasn’t enough to get to the front. The team tried some pit strategy in Stage 3, pitting for tires under a Lap 313 caution while the leaders stayed on track. Despite being the first car with fresh rubber and restarting ninth, the #11 team could only gain two more spots over the remaining laps. Hamlin crossed the finish line seventh while Hendrick drivers Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and William Byron swept the top four.

 

 

COTA Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Lone Star State this weekend for its first run at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Hamlin and team will look for their first win of the season at the 20-turn, counterclockwise circuit designed for Formula One racers. This marks the first running for Hamlin on the 3.41-mile course. 

Race Info

Race EchoPark Texas Grand Prix  
Date/Time Sunday, May 23/ 2:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 68 laps/231 miles  
Track Length 3.41 miles  
Track Shape Road Course
2020 Winner N/A  
     

Hamlin Conversation – COTA:

What are your thoughts on the track that you’ll be racing on this weekend at COTA?

“I’ve never raced there, so there are a lot of unknowns. But it’s a first-class facility, and it’s in a great market. It checks all the boxes for a new venue.”

In your career you have one win at a road course. How will you approach racing at a new one?

“Road courses are tricky, and this one specifically I’ve never raced on. I know our team is going to bring a fast car again this week. From there, it’s all about execution and making the least amount of mistakes.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at COTA:

The Delta District leads the FedEx Ground Gulf region in Safety metrics, and “DLTA” will appear on Hamlin’s #11 Toyota to recognize their accomplishment for the May 23 Circuit of the Americas race.

FedEx Office – Closest to COTA

600 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 383-0348

Darlington Recap:

Denny Hamlin scored another top-five finish Sunday at Darlington Raceway. The #11 team brought a fast Toyota Camry to the historic, egg-shaped oval and even led five laps, but Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Mother’s Day race and took the victory. Hamlin finished fifth and maintained a 75-point lead in the driver standings.

 

 

Dover Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series moves north, returning to “The Monster Mile” this weekend in Dover. Drivers will make the trip to Delaware for Sunday’s 400-mile event on the concrete oval. Hamlin is a one-time winner at the track and owns six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 30 career races at Dover International Speedway, leading a total of 609 laps. Hamlin will look to earn his first trip to Victory Lane this season.

Race Info

Race Drydene 400  
Date/Time Sunday, May 16/ 2:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 400 laps/400 miles  
Track Length 1 mile  
Track Shape Oval
Banking  24 degrees  
2020
Winner 
Denny Hamlin  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Dover International Speedway
Races 30
Wins 1
Poles 1
Top-5 6
Top-10 13
Laps Led 609
Avg. Start 10.3
Avg. Finish 16.6

Hamlin Conversation – Dover:

What are the sensations you feel in a lap at Dover?

“It’s the most physically demanding track for sure – simply because of the speed in the banking, the load that your body takes in the middle of corner. It’s a very, very tough track. It’s very rough, and there are a lot of elevation changes from corner entry to the middle of the corner. It takes its toll on you. It hasn’t always been my favorite or best track during the course of my career, but honestly since being with Chris (Gabehart, crew chief) over these last few years, we’ve had some really good results there.”

How important is to get that first elusive win of the season?

“We’ll get it. We’ve been running up front all season, so eventually the odds will come back to us. If we continue to do what we’ve been doing, we’re going to be in really good shape. We’re still getting smarter and better every single week.”

FedEx Office Along for the Ride at Dover:


FedEx Office thanks all team members for rising to meet and overcome challenges on a daily basis.

FedEx Office – Closest to Dover International Speedway

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

Talladega Recap:

Speeding penalties and crash damage put an end to Denny Hamlin’s streak of six top-five finishes Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin lined up on the pole for the 500-mile event but dropped to the rear for the race start due to unapproved adjustments. He found his way back up to the front by Lap 28 in Stage 1, where he stayed for 21 laps. He then led 23 laps in Stage 2 before being dealt a pass-through penalty for speeding onto pit road – and then penalized again for speeding on his pass-through. The penalties left the FedEx Ground Toyota one lap down and in 36th, but plenty of laps remained to make up the lost ground. But on Lap 118, contact from behind forced Hamlin into the wall, causing damage that required lengthy repairs on pit road. The team was never able to recover and finished the race 32nd.

 

Kansas Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series will head next to Kansas Speedway, where Hamlin has three career victories, eight top-five and nine top-ten finishes. Hamlin and team seek their first win of the 2021 season as they look to build on their lead in the Cup Series standings. The #11 Toyota will again honor the memories of the FedEx Ground Indianapolis shooting victims with black-ribbon and #fedexstrong decals and will promote a fundraising site for those affected by this tragedy: gofundme.com/FedExSurvivors.

Race Info

Race Buschy McBusch Race 400  
Date/Time Sunday, May 2/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 267 laps/400 miles  
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking  Turns: 17-20°, Straights: 5-11°  
2020
Winner 
Denny Hamlin  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Kansas Speedway
Races 25
Wins 3
Poles 0
Top-5 8
Top-10 9
Laps Led 342
Avg. Start 12.2
Avg. Finish 14.5

Hamlin Conversation – Kansas:

What is your FedEx Racing team’s focus as you get ready for Kansas after the way Talladega turned out?

“Talladega is behind us already. We’re going back to a mile-and-a-half, where we have a little more control over our own destiny than at a superspeedway. We’ll be ready to get things back on track and perform the way we have been all year.”

You won here at Kansas last year. What can you and your team do to replicate that again in 2021?

“We have to just keep doing what we’ve done all season. The wins haven’t happened yet, but we’ve run good races and will continue to do that. Even without a win, I still like where we’re at.”

FedEx Freight Along for the Ride at Kansas Speedway:

For the race at Kansas Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Omaha, Iowa, service center by featuring the call letters OMA on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The Omaha service center, opened in 2000, has approximately 100 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

Richmond Recap:

A solid-handling car and fast pit stops kept Hamlin up front for most of the 300-mile event. An 11.6-second pit stop even put the #11 in the lead for the final restart with 12 laps to go. But the FedEx Toyota did not take off well when the green flag waved, and Alex Bowman made the pass around Hamlin for the eventual win. The second-place finish for Hamlin was his eighth top-five in the season’s nine races and sixth straight. The result increased Hamlin’s championship lead to 81 points, and the stage wins earned him two playoff points. The FedEx Racing team raced with heavy hearts at Richmond, with the #11 Toyota paying tribute to the FedEx team members killed last Thursday in a mass shooting at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. The car featured a black ribbon “Indy” decal and the hashtag #fedexstrong on the TV panel.

Talladega Preview:

The NASCAR Cup Series makes its way to Talladega, the biggest and fastest track on the circuit. Coming off a strong performance in Richmond, Hamlin and the FedEx #11 team look to carry that momentum with them as they bring their FedEx Ground Toyota Camry to Talladega. Hamlin has two wins at the superspeedway but is focused on changing it to three come this weekend. The #11 Toyota will again honor the memories of the FedEx Ground Indianapolis shooting victims with black-ribbon and #fedexstrong decals and will promote a fundraising site for those affected by this tragedy: gofundme.com/FedExSurvivors.

Race Info

Race Geico 500  
Date/Time Sunday, April 25/ 2:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 188 laps/500 miles  
Track Length 2.66 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking  33 degrees  
2020
Winner 
Ryan Blaney  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Talladega Superspeedway
Races 30
Wins 2
Poles 0
Top-5 9
Top-10 13
Laps Led 346
Avg. Start 16.9
Avg. Finish 16.7

Hamlin Conversation – Talladega:

What is your FedEx Racing team’s focus as you get ready for Talladega?

“First and foremost, we want to continue to think of the families and team members in Indianapolis affected by last week’s tragedy. Our FedEx Camry will continue to reflect that with a black-ribbon decal and also information about the support fund for those affected. We’ll bring our A game to the track as we always do and see if we can get a win for our FedEx family.”

Are you frustrated that the first win hasn’t come yet?

“Yeah, there’s frustration, for sure. But it doesn’t change my attitude or work ethic. I’m going to work just as hard to win next week and the week after that. You’re a competitor, you want to win. Especially when you have a great opportunity to win.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Talladega International Speedway:

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

Martinsville Recap:

Denny Hamlin extended his championship lead to 76 points Sunday with a third-place finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway after dominating most of the race. Hamlin’s dominance started Saturday night, when the 263-mile race initially went green, until rain forced a red flag after 41 laps. Once the race resumed on Sunday afternoon, the FedEx Camry continued to show its power and nimble handling around the paperclip-shaped short track – especially on the short runs. With 15 cautions, there were plenty of opportunities for the team to show its short-run strength on restarts. But the race stayed green for the latter part of Stage 3, allowing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. to close in on Hamlin and make a late pass on Lap 485. Chase Elliott then passed Hamlin as well, putting the #11 in third for the finish.

Richmond Preview:

The series shakes the dirt off its feet from Bristol and heads to Martinsville Speedway, the paperclip-shaped short track that typically produces a lot of bumping and banging on track – and occasionally some anger among the drivers. Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team have five wins at the Ridgeway, Va., track. The Virginia native will look to win his sixth Martinsville grandfather clock trophy on Saturday under the lights.

Race Info

Race Toyota Owners 400  
Date/Time Sunday, April 18/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 400 laps/300 miles  
Track Length .75 miles  
Track Shape Oval
2020
Winner 
N/A  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Richmond Raceway
Races 28
Wins 3
Poles 3
Top-5 13
Top-10 17
Laps Led 1704
Avg. Start 10
Avg. Finish 9.2

Hamlin Conversation – Richmond:

You’ve now finished in the top five in seven of the eight races this season. What needs to happen for you to get into Victory Lane?

“We can win any given week. We just keep getting beat by one or two cars that have a little bit better balance. But we’re getting closer. There’s nothing saying we can’t win the next three races.”

How does it feel to be heading home next weekend for the race at Richmond?

“It’s always great getting to race at my hometown track. I’ve been fortunate to have had success at Richmond in my career, and I know my team and I are excited for the challenge ahead this weekend to hopefully get a win.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Richmond:

The 2021 fiscal year created a unique paradigm shift in the business operations at the WASA station, which is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Team members were required to adjust to a myriad of security restrictions and access protocols in the nation’s capital, also warranting extraordinary measures to comply with access formalities. In addition, WASA volunteers assisted their Liberty District sister station ILGA with deliveries when pandemic-related absences created staffing shortages. That is why FedEx Express is pleased to recognize the WASA team by featuring the letters WASA on the B-post of the FedEx #11 at the Richmond Raceway Toyota Owners 400.

FedEx Office – Closest to Richmond Raceway

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

 

Bristol Recap:

The spectacle of the NASCAR Cup Series’ first dirt race in more than 50 years was postponed a day, after heavy weekend rains washed out Sunday’s track activity. The wait seemed to be worth it, as a limited-capacity crowd cheered Monday as Hamlin led the field to the green flag for the first of 253 laps. (The FedEx Racing driver inherited the lead after an engine change forced pole-sitter Kyle Larson to start from the rear.) Hamlin led the first lap before his loose-handling car dropped him back outside the top five. But, even with the unfamiliar racing conditions of the temporary dirt track, the FedEx team stayed competitive throughout the 127-mile event, racing near the front and picking up stage points. The #11 team was in second and battling leader Joey Logano when the yellow flag flew on Lap 246, forcing a green-white-checkered finish. During the two-lap dash to the finish, Hamlin tried to pass Logano on the outside, but lost traction and fell back to third, allowing Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to cross the finish line ahead of him. The third-place result was Hamlin’s fourth consecutive top-five finish, padding his championship points lead to 58.

Martinsville Outlook:

The series shakes the dirt off its feet from Bristol and heads to Martinsville Speedway, the paperclip-shaped short track that typically produces a lot of bumping and banging on track – and occasionally some anger among the drivers. Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team have five wins at the Ridgeway, Va., track. The Virginia native will look to win his sixth Martinsville grandfather clock trophy on Saturday under the lights.

Race Info

Race Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500  
Date/Time Sunday, April 10/ 7:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 500 laps/263 miles  
Track Length .526 miles  
Track Shape Oval
2020
Winner (pavement)
Martin Truex Jr.  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Martinsville Speedway
Races 30
Wins 5
Poles 4
Top-5 15
Top-10 21
Laps Led 1608
Avg. Start 8.7
Avg. Finish 9.9

Hamlin Conversation – Martinsville:

After the unfamiliarity of the Bristol dirt track, are you eager to get to the more familiar Martinsville?

“NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway did a great job with the dirt race, but, yes, I’m ready to get back onto some asphalt. Martinsville is always a place we take confidence to, even when we know we need to keep making improvements to our short track program.”

Is Martinsville a place where you can get your first win of 2021?

“Absolutely. We’re obviously on a strong run with all the top-fives we have, so we’re doing a lot of things right. It’s just a matter of time before we get ourselves up front at the checkers. In the meantime, we’re going to keep working on collecting stage points and growing our lead any way we can.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Martinsville:

The “FXO” on the #11’s B-post is a thank-you to all FedEx Office team members for rising to meet and overcome challenges on a daily basis.

FedEx Office – Closest to Martinsville Speedway

3731 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410, (336) 282-5650

 

Atlanta Recap:

Denny Hamlin padded his championship points lead with his third straight top-five finish, bringing home a fourth-place result at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The #11 FedEx Express team started the race on the pole and led the first 27 laps but didn’t have the speed to be out front beyond that early surge. Hamlin and his pit crew were fast all day, but not fast enough to pass the dominant car of Kyle Larson, who led 269 laps and appeared headed for the win until Ryan Blaney passed him for the lead with nine laps to go. The fourth-place run was Hamlin’s fifth top-five finish in the season’s six races and enough to extend his lead atop the standings to 43 points.

Bristol Outlook:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 250-lap event on a temporary, dirt-covered track for the series’ first dirt race in more than 50 years. Hamlin’s dirt-racing experience is in his distant past. He competed on dirt courses on karts in his childhood and in a handful of late model races more than a decade ago. Hamlin is a two-time winner at the traditional, paved Bristol track.

Race Info

Race Food City Dirt Race  
Date/Time Sunday, March 28/ 3:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 250 laps/125 miles  
Track Length .533 miles  
Track Shape Oval
2020
Winner (pavement)
Brad Keselowski  
     

Hamlin Statistics

Track Bristol Motor Speedway (pavement)
Races 30
Wins 2
Top-5 9
Top-10 14
Laps Led 829
Avg. Start 13.2
Avg. Finish 14.7

Hamlin Conversation – Bristol:

How are you and the team preparing the car to race on Bristol’s dirt track as it differs from normal surfaces?

“Our cars aren’t built for dirt, but we’ll make adjustments to the chassis and whatever’s needed. I personally have very little dirt experience, but I love dirt racing. I’m a fan of it. Hopefully it will live up to the hype.”

How do you think the field is going to adapt to such a different type of racing?

“It’s going to be different than anything we’ve done before. Who knows how it will turn out? But all the Cup guys know how to put on a show, regardless of their dirt experience, so I’m confident we’ll do that.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Bristol:

For the Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s northwest Kingsport, Tenn., service center by featuring the call letters KPT on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The Kingsport service center, opened in 1995, has approximately 80 team members who are 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

Phoenix Recap:

Denny Hamlin maintained his perch atop the championship standings with a third-place finish at Phoenix Raceway. Hamlin started the 312-mile event in the third spot and ran in the top five most of the afternoon, including 33 laps out front. The #11 team worked on handling throughout the day, allowing Hamlin to stay in contention. But his Toyota Camry didn’t have quite enough to outpace teammate Martin Truex Jr., who scored his first win of the season. 

Atlanta Outlook:

The NASCAR Cup Series heads back east to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 500-mile event on the 1.5-mile asphalt Georgia oval. Hamlin is a one-time winner at the track, taking the checkered flag back in 2012. Hamlin owns five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 21 career races at Atlanta, leading a total of 391 laps, and will be looking for that elusive first win of the 2021 season.

Race Info

Race Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500  
Date/Time Sunday, March 21/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 325 laps/500 miles  
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Quad Oval
Banking 24 degrees  
2020 Winner Kevin Harvick   

Hamlin Statistics

Track Atlanta Motor Speedway 
Races 21
Wins 1
Top-5 5
Top-10 8
Laps Led 391
Avg. Start 11.8
Avg. Finish 17.3

Hamlin Conversation – Atlanta:

You’ve performed well in each race thus far this season. How do you keep this going as the season moves on?

“Our team is continuing to work each week to improve. We’re happy with our performance this season even without a win yet. There is still a lot of work to do and a lot more challenges coming our way. Our team will stay focused and we’ll do our best to get the job done.” 

Do you feel like Atlanta is a track where you can finally get that first win of the season?

“Absolutely. We’ve won there before. Of course, we’d like to add another. We’ve made some progress on our mile-and-a-half program and we’ll keep on working at it. We are surrounded by all the right people, putting in all the work to give us the best result we can possibly get.” 

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Atlanta:

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of Stay SHARP, a critical component of the FedEx Express Safety Above All culture. Since launching February 1, 2020, at the FedEx Express ramp in Atlanta, Ga., Stay SHARP has achieved impressive results and been honored with several top company awards. That is why FedEx Express is pleased to recognize the team members at the ATL ramp with the letters ATLR on the B-post of the FedEx #11 at the March 21 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

FedEx Office – Closest to Atlanta Motor Speedway

105 Promenade Pkwy, Suite A, Fayetteville, GA 30214, (770) 461-6311 

Homestead-Miami Recap:

Hamlin lined up on the pole in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Toyota for the start of the 400-mile event, but pre-race adjustments deemed “unapproved” by NASCAR sent him to the rear for the green flag. Despite some difficult handling, Hamlin’s Camry was able to climb back into the top five. A quick pit stop by the FedEx pit crew in the closing laps of Stage 2 put Hamlin in position to finish the segment in second, and he held that second spot for the start of Stage 3. The final segment of the race brought another challenge. A speeding penalty on a Lap 200 green-flag stop sent Hamlin to the back of the pack once again. The team took the ensuing restart in 28th, and Hamlin used the remaining 60 laps to claw his way to a spot just outside the top 10. He finished 11th, allowing him to maintain the series points lead. William Byron won the race.

Las Vegas Outlook:

The 2021 NASCAR series heads out to the desert this weekend to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile event. Hamlin continues his pursuit of his first career win at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Hamlin and the #FedEx11 team are currently atop the points standings and look to expand their lead and capture their first win of the season this weekend in Las Vegas.

Race Info

Race Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube  
Date/Time Sunday, March 7/ 3:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles  
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 20 degrees  
2020 Winner Joey Logano  

Hamlin Statistics

Track
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Races 18
Wins 0
Top-5 3
Avg. Start 15.7
Avg. Finish 9.9

Hamlin Conversation – Las Vegas:

What are you looking forward to as the series heads to Las Vegas this weekend?

“Our team is continuing to work each week to improve. I’m happy with our performance this season, but we still have a lot of work to do and a lot more challenges coming our way. We’ll be ready to get back at it this weekend in Las Vegas and hopefully take home the checkered flag.” 

You’ve yet to win in Las Vegas in your career. What will be your approach this weekend to try to change that?

“Las Vegas, for whatever reason, has always been a tough track for us. We’ve had some success in previous races but haven’t ever been able to get to Victory Lane. But I enjoy the challenge of trying to get better at places like that. Our team is going to put a fast car out there and I’m going to do everything I can to bring home that win for our team.”

FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Las Vegas:

The FedEx Ground Southwest District will be featured on the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota race car on March 7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The four-letter alpha code “SWST” will appear on the B-post of the car, recognizing the district for being top in the company for safety priority metrics.

FedEx Office – Closest to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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

Daytona Road Course Recap:

Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team started the 253-mile event from the fourth spot and hung around in the top five for much of the afternoon, finishing Stage 1 in third and moving out front to take the Stage 2 win. The 70-lap race was interrupted by eight caution flags – including one for a brief rain shower – which made pit strategy a significant factor. The team opted to make a final pit stop for fresh tires under caution on Lap 57, putting Hamlin in 18th for the ensuing restart. He used the remaining 12 green-flag laps to pick off spots on the leaderboard, making his way up to third before the checkered flag flew. Ahead of him, Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell passed Joey Logano with two laps to go to earn his first Cup career win.

Homestead-Miami Outlook:

The 2021 NASCAR series returns to Homestead, Fla., this weekend for the running of the Dixie Vodka 400. Hamlin and team will look to repeat their success from a year ago as returning race winners. In 16 career races at Homestead, Hamlin has finished in the top-5 five times while capturing three victories.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Toyota:

For the Homestead race, the #11 team will run a special paint scheme to promote the FedEx Small Business Grant contest. The grant contest awards 12 small businesses with grants to help them grow their business, with the grand prize winner receiving a $50,000 grant. The 2020 grand-prize winner, Access Trax, will be featured as part of the paint scheme for this weekend’s race. The contest entry period is open now through March 9 with more information at http://fedex.com/grantcontest.

Race Info

Race Dixie Vodka 400  
Date/Time Sunday, Feb. 28/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 267 laps/400.5 miles   
Track Length 1.5 miles  
Track Shape Oval
Banking 18-20 degrees  
2020 Winner Denny Hamlin  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Homestead-Miami Speedway
Races 16
Wins 3
Top-5 5
Top-10 11
Laps Led 393
Avg. Start 17.5
Avg. Finish 9.9

Hamlin Conversation – Homestead-Miami:

After two strong performances so far this season, how are you feeling heading into Homestead, a track where you won last year?

“We feel good in our efforts through the first two races of the season. Obviously, we wish we could have come out with a victory at either of the Daytona races, but we still had good performances. We’re confident in how we’ll run this weekend and hopefully have a repeat of last year.”

You’re running a special paint scheme this weekend. Can you tell us a little more about it and what it means to you?

“For the Homestead race, we’ll be running a special paint scheme to promote the FedEx Small Business Grant contest. My family has a background in small business, where I grew up working with my dad and that helped kick off my racing career, so I can relate to the small business mentality. I recently got to meet last year’s grand-prize winner, Kelly Twichel of Access Trax, to unveil the new paint scheme together and to hear how the grant helped her business over the last year. We’ll be running with their logo on our car this weekend, and I’ll be racing for all small businesses and hopefully come out with a win.”

FedEx Office – Closest to Homestead-Miami Speedway

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

Daytona 500 Recap:

Hamlin and his FedEx “Where Now Meets Next” Toyota won Stages 1 and 2, while leading 98 of the event’s 200 laps. When he wasn’t out front, he was actively weaving his way back up there, and it appeared he could be on his way to earning his fourth career – and third straight – Harley J. Earl trophy. With one last green-flag pit stop needed, Hamlin and the other Toyota drivers ducked down pit road together on Lap 173. But Hamlin and his teammates were too detached exiting pit road to blend back into traffic in the lead. Hamlin found himself in 13th with about 20 laps remaining, with the field staying single file until the white flag. The lead-lap group of cars then spread out for a dash to the finish, and contact between a pair of Team Penske cars triggered a last-lap wreck. Michael McDowell squeaked through for the win, while Hamlin crossed the line in fifth.

Daytona Road Course Outlook:

The 2021 NASCAR series moves on, but is not going anywhere as the teams stay in Daytona Beach this week with the running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona Road Course. Hamlin will look to secure his first career win in the 253-mile, 14-turn road course race. Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team are coming off a strong performance in the Daytona 500 and will look to use this momentum in order to end up in Victory Lane.

Race Info

Race O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 At Daytona   
Date/Time Sunday, Feb. 21/ 3:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 70 laps/253 miles  
Track Length 3.61 miles (14 turns)  
Track Shape Road Course - Oval Hybrid
Banking 31 degrees  
2020 Winner Chase Elliot  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway  - Road Course
Races 1
Wins 0
Top-5 1
Top-10 1
Laps Led 16
Avg. Start 2
Avg. Finish 2

Hamlin Conversation – Daytona:

The rain delay during the Daytona 500 didn’t seem to affect your performance on the track. In Florida, do you almost have to expect weather to play a part in the race weekend?

“That was quite a long delay we had, but our team just maintained focus. You never have control over the weather or if a race will be delayed so you always have to stay ready. You never know when you’re going to hear, OK it’s race time.”

You led a solid amount of the laps in the Clash on the Daytona Road Course. How will you use that to your advantage?

“Yeah, we had a fast car during the Clash, and I’m sure this weekend won’t be any different. We’ll take that data and learn from it, and it will certainly help us as we return to the same course. It’s going to be a tough race like all road courses are, but I’m confident in our team to put us in a position to win.”

FedEx Express Freight Along for the Ride at Daytona:

FedEx Express recognizes the employees at the MLBA station in Melbourne, Fla., for their dedication to People Service Profit and commitment to the Purple Promise by featuring the letters MLBA on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona. The MLBA team prides itself on operational excellence and is dedicated to making every FedEx experience outstanding.

FedEx Office – Closest to Daytona International Speedway

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

Busch Clash Recap:

Hamlin kicked off the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with a sixth-place finish in the “Clash at Daytona” exhibition race Tuesday night. Hamlin looked sharp on the Daytona International Speedway road-course event, leading 21 of the 35 laps, but couldn’t push his way back to the front after a late-race pit stop. Hamlin started the Clash in third by virtue of random draw but didn’t stay there long once the green flag flew. The #11 Toyota passed the top two before the first lap was complete and stayed there for the first nine circuits. Despite a loose-handling car for part of the 126-mile race, Hamlin stayed in or near the front for most of the event. When the caution flag flew with eight laps to go, crew chief Chris Gabehart called Hamlin to pit road for some needed tires and fuel. After restarting 10th, Hamlin was able to climb four more spots in the remaining laps to finish sixth.

Daytona Outlook

The 2021 NASCAR season kicks off its regular season this Sunday with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Returning once again as the defending race champion, Hamlin will look to secure his fourth career and third straight win of the 500-miler in the 63rd running of The Great American Race. 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. Wednesday night’s time trials determined that Hamlin will race in Duel 1.

Race Info

Race Daytona 500  
Date/Time Sunday, Feb. 14/ 2:30 p.m. ET  
Distance 200 laps/500 miles  
Track Length 2.5 miles  
Track Shape Tri-Oval
Banking 31 degrees  
2020 Winner Denny Hamlin  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway
Races 30
Wins 3
Top-5 10
Top-10 11
Laps Led 530

Hamlin Conversation – Daytona:

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

“It was great to be back in the car. We had a really good FedEx Camry and led a lot of laps. Now we turn our attention to the oval, where we’ve obviously had a lot of success. We have a special FedEx ‘Where Now Meets Next’ paint scheme for the 500, showing off a new look for FedEx, and I think it would look really good in Victory Lane, celebrating three in a row.”

Do you feel any pressure going for the three-peat?

“Honestly, I never would’ve guessed we’d even be in this position if you’d asked me five years ago. So, it’s truly an honor to be defending the champion’s title and to be going for a fourth win and a third straight. We bring fast cars every week, so we just need to execute the plan, and a little luck never hurts, too. It would be a great thrill to get the three-peat and make history with FedEx and JGR.”

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 return to begin their 2021 NASCAR Cup Series campaign this Tuesday with the 35-lap Busch Clash on the Daytona International Speedway road course. A three-time winner of the event on the Daytona oval (2006, 2014 and 2016), Hamlin is one of only six drivers to win both the Clash and DAYTONA 500 during the same Speedweeks. His only previous start on the infield road course yielded a second-place finish.

Race Info

Race Busch Clash  
Date/Time Tuesday, Feb. 9/ 7:00 p.m. ET  
Distance 35 laps/126.35 miles  
Track Length 3.57 miles  
Track Shape Road Course
Banking 31 degrees  
2020 Winner Erik Jones  

Hamlin Statistics

Track Daytona International Speedway
Races 14 (oval)
Wins 3 (2006, 2014, 2016)
Top-5 5
Top-10 8
Laps Led 154

Hamlin Conversation – Clash:

You had another great season in 2020. Looking ahead to this year, what can we expect from you and the FedEx team?

“We made it to the Championship 4 again last season, and our goal starting today is to get back there again for a shot at bringing home the title. I know Chris (Gabehart, crew chief) and the rest of the team are ready to go, and so am I. We’re excited to get back out on the track for the 2021 season.”

Thoughts on the Clash now being on the road course?

“It’s kind of a cool change. We’ll be back racing the road course for points in a couple weeks, so it’s a good opportunity to get some laps down and see how we do. We started second and finished second on this course last year, so we’ll see if we can make enough improvements to move up one more spot.”

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Daytona (Clash):

FedEx Express is pleased to recognize the team members at the MCOR ramp in Orlando, Fla., for their exceptional performance by featuring the letters MCOR on the B-post of the FedEx #11 at the historic 2021 Busch Clash at Daytona. This dedicated team of employees is a three-time winner of the FY21 Ramp of the Month award for July, August and November. The team is coming off an historic peak season and playing a pivotal role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Central Florida.

FedEx Office – Closest Daytona International Speedway

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

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