Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Atlanta speed encouraging for Denny Hamlin at Las Vegas

Denny Hamlin is 15/1 to win at Las Vegas Sunday
Denny Hamlin
#11 FedEx Office Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing

Race Info:
Race: Kobalt 400
Date/Time: March 8/12:30 p.m. PT
Distance: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Track Shape: Tri-Oval
Banking: 18-20 degrees
2014 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Express Notes:
Atlanta Recap:
Denny Hamlin finished 38th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after a multi-car incident with 69 laps to go caused heavy damage to the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota and extensive time in the garage for repairs. Hamlin restarted seventh on Lap 258 on the inside line but was forced to move up a groove in Turn 2, where the car snapped loose and spun, collecting a host of other competitors before making contact with the outside retaining wall. Hamlin started fourth and led twice for 14 laps in the event won by Jimmie Johnson. The finish dropped Hamlin to 19th in the Chase standings after two of 26 regular season races.

Las Vegas Preview: The Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile event on the 1.5-mile track. Hamlin has recorded one top-five finish and four top-10 results in nine starts at Las Vegas, including a career-best third in 2007. Hamlin started 27th and finished 12th in the event on year ago, leading one lap.

Double-Duty: Hamlin will be driving double-duty this weekend at Las Vegas. In addition to the #11 FedEx Office Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, Hamlin will fill in for the injured Kyle Busch in the #54 Monster Energy Toyota in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event. Hamlin has made six Xfinity starts at Las Vegas with a best finish of second in 2010.

Hamlin Statistics:
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Races: 9
Wins: 0
Top-5: 1
Top-10: 4
Average Start: 20.9
Average Finish: 13.0
Laps Led: 4

Hamlin Conversation:

How can the FedEx Racing Team bounce back at Las Vegas?

“Obviously, I’m disappointed how things ended for us at Atlanta. We had speed for much of the race, and lost it there for a couple runs and put ourselves back for that restart where we hadn’t been all day. I got loose and got sucked around, and feel bad for everyone collected up in it. It’s important that we put that behind us and head to Las Vegas and focus on having a clean, solid day with our FedEx Office team.”

Government Sales Team Along for the Ride in Las Vegas: The FedEx Office Government Sales Team, a leading unit in the company’s annual President’s Club program, will be recognized with its “7398” code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Las Vegas.

FedEx Office – Closest to Las Vegas Motor Speedway: 2288 S. Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, (702) 431-5076

Feb. 22Daytona 500Daytona424203/203Running$680,48344th
March 1Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta438284/325Running$111,1051419th
Averages/Totals23.021.092.2% $791,58818  

#11 FedEx Racing – 2015 Crew Roster
Crew Chief – Dave Rogers
Car Chief – Joe Fiorelli
Engineers – Chris Gabehart, Kenny Oates
Shock Specialist – Ron Denton
Tire Specialist – Jamie Turski
Mechanics – Joey Forgette, Jerad Hewitt, Jason Clements
Spotter – Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry
Jack Man: Tracy Duncan
Gas Man: Caleb Hurd
Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa
Athletic Director: Mike Lepp
Transportation – Bob Hannigan, Kyle Bazzell

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing

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