Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Denny Hamlin looking for fifth Martinsville grandfather clock and Championship ticket

Denny Hamlin is 8/1 to win Sunday at Martinsville
Event: Goody’s 500
Date/Time: Oct. 26/1:30 p.m. ET
2013 winner: Jeff Gordon
2013 polesitter: Denny Hamlin
Distance: 500 laps/263 miles
Track Length: 0.526-mile
Banking: 12 degrees
Track Shape: Oval


Talladega Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 18th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway to advance to the Eliminator Round of the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in the #11 FedEx One Rate/”Deliverminator” Toyota. Hamlin came into the race needing a 15th-place finish to ensure a spot among the final eight drivers vying for this year’s title, and along with other teams in similar situations, elected to hang in the back of the draft pack throughout most of the 188-lap event won by Brad Keselowski. Hamlin started 38th but quickly moved forward on the high-banked superspeedway. He earned a valuable bonus point by leading Lap 39, and then fell back to avoid a pair of multi-car incidents during the race. Hamlin lined up 20th for the final restart and moved up two spots at the checkered flag. The Chase standings reset following the race, and Hamlin is now tied for the points lead with four races remaining in the season. The Eliminator Round consists of three events — Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix — where Hamlin has a combined seven victories in his career.

Martinsville Preview: The Series heads to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Sunday’s 500-lap event on the flat, half-mile paper clip. Hamlin is a four-time winner at the Virginia facility and is arguably his best track on the circuit. The 33-year-old Chesterfield, Va., native won his first race at Martinsville in the spring of 2008, and then won three-straight at the track in 2009 and 2010, including back-to-back Chase races. In total, Hamlin has recorded three poles and 13 top-10 finishes in 17 career Martinsville starts, leading 1,153 laps. Hamlin is second among remaining Chase drivers in average running position, average finishing position and driver rating at Martinsville, all to four-time champion Jeff Gordon.

FedEx Office – Closest to Martinsville Speedway: 3731 Battleground Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410, (336) 282-5650

Louisville Along for the Ride at Martinsville: The FedEx Freight service center in Louisville will be recognized for outstanding performance with its “LOU” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.


How do you think the Eliminator Round sets up for the FedEx Racing Team?

I have said all year that if we made it to the final eight, to this Eliminator Round, that we suddenly had a good shot at this championship. This round has three tracks that our FedEx team has had a lot of success at over the years, obviously starting with Martinsville. We didn’t have a great race there in the spring, but we have made some gains on our short track program, and I’m confident we can go there and compete for the win this weekend. Winning on Sunday is our ultimate goal and would be great to put ourselves in position to battle for the championship at Homestead.”

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
Aug. 17Pure Michigan 400Michigan217200/200Running$108,94020th
Aug. 23Irwin Tools Night RaceBristol1340160/500Accident$96,5652820th
Aug. 31Oral-B USA 500Atlanta173335/335Running$182,7053719th
Sept. 6Federated Auto Parts400Richmond1121398/400Running$89,6159th
Sept. 400Chicagoland246267/267Running$131,0456th
Sept. 21Sylvania 300New Hampshire437265/303Running$87,2173213th
Sept. 28AAA 400Dover312400/400Running$96,540T-1st
Oct. 5Hollywood Casino 400Kansas257267/267Running$126,4705th
Oct. 11Bank of America 500Charlotte39334/334Running$106,640227th
Oct. 19GEICO 500Talladega3818194/194Running$96,5361T-1st
Averages/Totals15.315.193.0% $4,800,024218  
Driver: Sam Hornish Jr.
** Penalized 75 points following post-race inspection

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing

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