Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Denny Hamlin goes for fifth Pocono Raceway win

Denny Hamlin is 12/1 to win at Pocono Sunday.
Denny Hamlin
#11 FedEx Office Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing

Race Info:
Race: Windows 10 400
Date/Time: Aug. 2/1:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 160 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Track Shape: Triangle
2014 Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Express Notes:
Indianapolis Recap:
Denny Hamlin finished fifth in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting his third top-five result in the previous four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota. Hamlin lined up sixth for the ‘green-white-checkered’ finish at the historic 2.5-mile track, moving up one spot in the final two laps of the event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Hamlin started 17th and quickly worked up in the running order. The race featured a new aerodynamic rules package making passing at a premium, and teams employed varying fuel strategies at the long speedway. Crew chief Dave Rogers made a variety of changes to the car on pit road to help Hamlin navigate traffic, and after a caution during a cycle of green flag pit stops with less than 70 laps to go, Hamlin was in the top-10 for the restart. The team made its final stop with 39 laps remaining, and a host of late-race cautions enabled Hamlin to stretch his fuel enough to make it to the end. The finish moved Hamlin up one spot to 10th in the NASCAR standings following Indianapolis, 186 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after 20 of 26 regular season races.

Pocono Preview: The Series heads back to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for the second and final event on the 2.5-mile triangular-shaped track of the season. Hamlin finished 10th at Pocono on June 7. In 19 career Pocono starts, Hamlin owns four victories, nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10 results, leading 667 laps at the track. He has also recorded three poles at Pocono.

Hamlin Statistics:
Track: Pocono Raceway
Races: 19
Wins: 4
Top-5: 9
Top-10: 13
Average Start: 6.6
Average Finish: 11.8
Laps Led: 667

Hamlin Conversation — POCONO:

How can the FedEx Team secure another victory at Pocono this weekend?

“Pocono has been a great track for our team over the years. Obviously, we lost a little bit of our advantage there when they repaved it, but it’s still a place that I have a lot of confidence at. Our cars at Joe Gibbs Racing have certainly had the speed lately, and this weekend it will be important to put in a good qualifying effort, avoid mistakes on pit road and set ourselves up for a chance to win at the end.”

Sheraton Boston Along for the Ride in Pocono: The FedEx Office location inside the Sheraton Boston is a leading store in the company’s annual President’s Club program, and will be recognized with its “5036” code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Pocono Raceway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway: 940 Schecter Drive, Ste 1, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702, (570) 819-0813

Feb. 22Daytona 500Daytona424203/203Running$680,48344th
March 1Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta438284/325Running$111,1051419th
March 8Kobalt 400Las Vegas195267/267Running$162,3808th
March 15Camping World 500Phoenix2523312/312Running$92,85513th
March 22Auto Club 400Fontana628209/209Running$106.4855614th
March 29STP 500Martinsville151500/500Running$172,260917th
April 11Duck Commander 500Texas1811334/334Running$146,5258th
April 19Food City 500Bristol*526505/511Running$109,20011th
April 26Toyota Owners 400Richmond222398/400Running$95,35012th
May 3GEICO 500Talladega179188/188Running$127,645510th
May 9SpongBob SquarePants 400Kansas1341205/267Running$79,33015th
May 24Coca-Cola 600Charlotte58400/400Running$143,7205315th
May 31FedEx 400Dover121402/405Running$129,61011814th
June 7Axalta 400Pocono810160/160Running$101,61513th
June 14Quicken Loans 400Michigan1311138/138Running$106,01513th
June 28Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma1518110/110Running$108,48513th
July 5Coke Zero 400Daytona353161/161Running$194,4301012th
July 11Quaker State 400Kentucky83267/267Running$125,3351311th
July 195 Hour Energy 301New Hampshire514301/301Running$102,61511th
July 26Brickyard 400Indianapolis175164/164Running$249,87510th
Averages/Totals13.615.097.9% $3,145,418364  
* Drivers: Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing

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