Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Hampshire's flat oval suits Denny Hamlin's style

Denny Hamlin is 12/1 to win Sunday at Loudon.
Denny Hamlin
#11 FedEx Freight Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing
Race Info:
Race: 5-Hour Energy 301
Date/Time: July 19/1:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 301 laps/318.6 miles
Track Length: 1 mile
Track Shape: Oval
2014 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Express Notes:

Kentucky Recap:
Denny Hamlin finished third in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, coming back from two laps down early in the event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to score his second-consecutive top-five finish. Hamlin lined up as the leader on the final restart on Lap 224 (of 267), but came out third after a three-wide battle with Joey Logano and teammate Carl Edwards. Hamlin settled into third in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota for the final 40 laps en route to the checkered flag. After starting eighth and quickly moving up in the running order, Hamlin felt a tire going down on the #11 machine less than 100 laps into the race. Crew chief Dave Rogers called Hamlin to the pits for fresh tires, but unfortunately, Hamlin was caught speeding and had to serve a pass-through penalty. The events dropped Hamlin two laps down to the leaders, but timely cautions enabled the FedEx Racing Team to utilize the wave-around rule and free pass to get back on the lead lap. Hamlin led twice for a total of 13 laps and the finish moved him up to 11th in the NASCAR standings following Kentucky.

New Hampshire Preview: The Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 301-lap event on the flat, one-mile oval. Hamlin is a two-time winner at the Loudon track, winning in 2007 and 2012. In 18 career New Hampshire starts, Hamlin has seven top-five finishes, 11 top-10 results and has led 469 laps at the track. He started third and finished eighth in the summer race at New Hampshire one year ago.

Hamlin Statistics:
Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Races: 18
Wins: 2
Top-5: 7
Top-10: 11
Average Start: 12.1
Average Finish: 10.5
Laps Led: 469

Hamlin Conversation — NEW HAMPSHIRE:

How confident are you in a solid run for the FedEx team this weekend at New Hampshire?

“Loudon has been a great track for our FedEx team over the years. We have excelled at the short tracks and New Hampshire is a flat oval that really suits my driving style. We have had some races there where we were the dominant car, and others where we’ve had to work a bit to stay up front. We have had a couple good finishes the past two weeks, and hopefully that will continue this weekend in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota.

Belmont, N.H., Along for the Ride in Loudon: The FedEx Freight service center in Belmont, N.H., will be recognized with its “BNH” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

FedEx Office – Closest to New Hampshire Motor Speedway: 10 Ft. Eddy Rd., Concord, NH 03301, (603) 226-0565

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.
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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
Averages/Totals13.915.797.8% $2,792,928364  
* Drivers: Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing

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