Thursday, July 9, 2015

Denny Hamlin hoping to find right set-up at Kentucky with new rules package

Denny Hamlin is 15/1 to win this Saturday at Kentucky.
FedEx Racing Express Facts – Kentucky Speedway

Denny Hamlin
#11 FedEx Office Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing

Race Info:

Race: Quaker State 400
Date/Time: July 11/7:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Track Shape: Oval
2014 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Express Notes:
Daytona Recap:
Denny Hamlin finished third in Sunday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, his fourth-straight top-six finish at the high-banked, 2.5-mile speedway. He lined up third for the final restart behind eventual winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., crossing the finish line sideways in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota after a multi-car incident coming to the checkered flag. Hamlin started 35th and quickly moved up through the field in the tight pack racing. He led 10 laps and posted his seventh top-10 result of the 2015 season. The finish moved Hamlin up one spot to 12th in the NASCAR standings following Daytona, 176 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after 17 of 26 regular season races.

Kentucky Preview: The Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night’s 400-mile event at the 1.5-mile track. Hamlin is making his fifth-career Cup start at the track, with a best finish of third in 2012. In that event, Hamlin led 58 laps. One year ago, an incident on Lap 27 relegated the FedEx Racing Team to a 42nd-place result at Kentucky.

Hamlin Statistics:
Track: Kentucky Speedway
Races: 4
Wins: 0
Top-5: 1
Top-10: 1
Average Start: 9.8
Average Finish: 22.8
Laps Led: 63

Hamlin Conversation — KENTUCKY:

How can your team maintain the momentum after a solid showing in Daytona?

“Daytona was obviously a good race for our FedEx team, running up front for most of the night and avoiding the wrecks to be there at the end. Kentucky is a different animal altogether, and it’ll be interesting to see how the new rules package shakes out for everyone. We’re getting some additional track time to get adjusted to everything, but there are a lot of smart people in the garage, so I’m sure we’ll be acclimated pretty quickly.

New York Upstate Along for the Ride in Kentucky: The FedEx Office sales team in New York Upstate will be recognized with the group’s “7381” code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to Kentucky Speedway: 7901 Mall Rd., Ste 700, Florence, KY 41042, (859) 746-0561

Press Kit: Download the 2015 FedEx Racing press materials at, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Dave Rogers and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, statistics and the 2015 crew roster.

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
Averages/Totals14.316.497.7% $2,667,593351  

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing

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