|Denny Hamlin is 30/1 to win at Michigan on Sunday|
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.
HAMLIN CONVERSATION – MICHIGAN:
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.”
|2014 FEDEX RACING TEAM – SEASON RESULTS|
|March 2||The Profit on CNBC 500||Phoenix||12||19||312/312||Running||$87,480||8th||▼|
|March 9||Kobalt Tools 400||Las Vegas||27||12||267/267||Running||$121,410||1||8th||▬|
|March 16||Food City 500||Bristol||1||6||500/500||Running||$116,865||4||7th||▲|
|March 23||Auto Club 500||Fontana*||13||17||202/202||Running||$107,410||11th||▼|
|March 30||STP 500||Martinsville||2||19||500/500||Running||$94,475||12th||▼|
|April 7||Duck Commander 500||Texas||6||13||340/340||Running||$137,770||20||13th||▼|
|April 12||Bojangles’ Southern 500||Darlington||10||19||374/374||Running||$101,905||3||15th||▼|
|April 26||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond||28||22||400/400||Running||$88.890||14th||▲|
|May 4||Aaron’s 499||Talladega||35||1||188/188||Running||$303,315||12||12th||▲|
|May 25||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte||6||22||398/400||Running||$112,985||14th||▼|
|June 1||FedEx 400||Dover||7||5||400/400||Running||$136,880||9th||▲|
|June 8||Pocono 400||Pocono||1||4||160/160||Running||$137,500||4||8th||▲|
|June 22||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Sonoma||16||26||110/110||Running||$97,035||13th||▼|
|June 28||Quaker State 400||Kentucky||4||42||27/267||Accident||$71,580||17th||▼|
|July 6||Coke Zero 400||Daytona||37||6||112/112||Running||$135,370||14th||▲|
|July 13||World RV Sales 301||Loudon||3||8||305/305||Running||$109,565||20||12th||▲|
|July 27||The John Wayne Walding 400||Indianapolis||27||3||160/160||Running||$307,890||18||21st**||▼|
|Aug. 3||GoBowling.com 400||Pocono||13||9||160/160||Running||$96,965||21st||▬|
|Aug. 10||Cheez-It 355||Watkins Glen||17||24||90/90||Running||$84,015||20th||▲|
* Driver: Sam Hornish Jr.
** Penalized 75 points following post-race inspection