|Denny Hamlin has four wins at Pocono raceway (Getty)|
Pocono Preview: The Series heads back to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for Sunday’s 160-lap race on the 2.5-mile ‘Tricky Triangle.’ Arguably Hamlin’s best track on the circuit, the 31-year-old driver has four wins in 13 career Pocono starts, including sweeping both races from the pole in his 2006 rookie season. His 5.8 average starting position is best among active drivers and he has a 9.7 average finish at the track, including eight top-five results. He has led more laps at the track (660) than any driver in the last six years, and has led at least 17 laps in 10 of 13 starts, including the last six-straight. In the June race at Pocono, Denny Hamlin finished fifth, overcoming early miscues to drive through the field. Hamlin restarted fourth following the 160-lap event’s final caution with nine laps remaining but was too tight to challenge eventual winner — and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate — Joey Logano.
FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway: 940 Schecter Drive, Ste 1, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702, (570) 819-0813
New York Metro Along for the Ride at Pocono: The FedEx Ground New York Metro district will be recognized for outstanding safety performance with its district code “NYME” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The New York Metro district includes New York City, Long Island, the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, and southern Connecticut.
HAMLIN CONVERSATION — Pocono Raceway
What are the keys to getting around Pocono?
“In Pocono you have to be very disciplined as you enter turn one. They have marks on the side of the wall and you want to discipline yourself to use those marks so you don’t overdrive the corner. You try to get all the exit speed off of (turn) two as you can — you shift into fourth (gear) about 200 yards past turn two to try to get that long run right before you get to the tunnel turn. For my approach, I try to arc into the tunnel turn just as wide as I can to make sure I get that long, low line on the exit of the tunnel to make sure I get a good line into turn three. Into turn three, you’re just trying to carry all that speed you can.”
Event: Pennsylvania 400
Date/Time: Aug. 5/1 p.m. ET
2011 winner: Brad Keselowski
2011 polesitter: Joey Logano
Distance: 160 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Banking: 14/8/6 degrees
Track Shape: Triangle
- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing