Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Denny Hamlin 30/1 to get third Michigan win on Sunday

Denny Hamlin is 30/1 to win at Michigan on Sunday
Event: Pure Michigan 400
Date/Time: August 17/1 p.m. ET
2013 winner: Joey Logano
2013 polesitter: Joey Logano
Distance: 200 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 2 miles
Banking: 18 degrees
Track Shape: Oval


Watkins Glen Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 24th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International after contact from behind in Turn 7 with less than seven laps remaining sent the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota into the barriers at the entrance to pit road and causing extensive cosmetic damage. Hamlin restarted 13th on Lap 83 and had moved up near the top-10 in the 90-lap event at the 2.45-mile road course won by AJ Allmendinger. While attempting a pass in the final corner, Hamlin was contacted from behind by another competitor, sending Hamlin spinning into the sand barrel barriers. Hamlin came to pit road for repairs, restarted 27th and made up three spots in the final two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Hamlin started 17th and ran in the top-15 for the majority of the event. Varying pit strategies moved the #11 machine up to fifth before a multi-car incident on Lap 57 brought out a red flag that lasted more than an hour. When the race resumed, Hamlin came to pit road for four tires and fuel, but with the majority of lead lap cars only needing a splash of gas, Hamlin dropped back to 19th for the ensuing restart.

Michigan Preview: The Series heads back to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile event on the high-speed, two-mile oval. Hamlin is a two-time Michigan winner, taking back-to-back checkered flags in the June events at the track in 2010 and 2011. Hamlin has led 158 laps in his career at Michigan, including 123 of 200 en route to victory lane in 2010. Hamlin started eighth and finished 20th at Michigan one year ago, leading nine laps. He finished 29th at the track earlier this year.

FedEx Office – Closest to Michigan International Speedway: 2800 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, (734) 665-2400

Detroit Service Center Along for the Ride in Michigan: The FedEx Freight service center in Detroit will be recognized with its “DTR” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.


How can the #11 team recapture its success at Michigan?

“We have struggled a bit at Michigan since the repave a few years ago, but I think the track is starting to age a bit, which usually helps our team. Michigan is a big, wide, fast track, and you really have to have a lot of horsepower to get down the long straightaways and through the corners. We have made a lot of progress on our program over the last few weeks, and hopefully will take another step this weekend in the FedEx Freight Toyota.”

Feb. 23Daytona 500Daytona42200/200Running$1,148,451162nd
March 2The Profit on CNBC 500Phoenix1219312/312Running$87,4808th
March 9Kobalt Tools 400Las Vegas2712267/267Running$121,41018th
March 16Food City 500Bristol16500/500Running$116,86547th
March 23Auto Club 500Fontana*1317202/202Running$107,41011th
March 30STP 500Martinsville219500/500Running$94,47512th
April 7Duck Commander 500Texas613340/340Running$137,7702013th
April 12Bojangles’ Southern 500Darlington1019374/374Running$101,905315th
April 26Toyota Owners 400Richmond2822400/400Running$88.89014th
May 4Aaron’s 499Talladega351188/188Running$303,3151212th
May 105-Hour Energy 400Kansas3018266/267Running$94,76512th
May 25Coca-Cola 600Charlotte622398/400Running$112,98514th
June 1FedEx 400Dover75400/400Running$136,8809th
June 8Pocono 400Pocono14160/160Running$137,50048th
June 15Quicken Loans 400Michigan2929198/200Running$92,64012th
June 22Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma1626110/110Running$97,03513th
June 28Quaker State 400Kentucky44227/267Accident$71,58017th
July 6Coke Zero 400Daytona376112/112Running$135,37014th
July 13Camping World RV Sales 301Loudon38305/305Running$109,5652012th
July 27The John Wayne Walding 400Indianapolis273160/160Running$307,8901821st**
Aug. 400Pocono139160/160Running$96,96521st
Aug. 10Cheez-It 355Watkins Glen172490/90Running$84,01520th
Averages/Totals15.014.795.7% $3,677,75198  
Driver: Sam Hornish Jr.
** Penalized 75 points following post-race inspection

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing

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