Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Denny Hamlin returns to Fontana after missing 2014 race

Denny Hamlin is 20/1 to win at Fontana on Sunday
Denny Hamlin / No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview
Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota News and Notes:

For the fifth race of the season, Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota team enter Auto Club Speedway looking for their first win of the 2015 season and Hamlin’s first at the two-mile track. Hamlin has 13 starts at the track, recording one top-five finish, four top-10 finishes and three poles (2013, 2012 and 2009). Since making his first start at the track in 2006, Hamlin has led 76 laps and completed 2,769 of 2,980 attempted laps (92.9 %). Hamlin missed the 2014 Auto Club 400 after being sidelined with an injury.

FAMILIAR THREADS: For the first time of the 2015 season, Sport Clips will serve at the primary sponsor for Hamlin and the No. 11 Toyota Camry. In addition to Auto Club Speedway, Sport Clips will return to the No. 11 Camry at Darlington Raceway later this season where they will also sponsor Hamlin in the XFINITY Series when he pilots the No. 20 Sport Clips Camry. Sport Clips will also sponsor Hamlin’s teammate, Carl Edwards, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July) and Texas Motor Speedway (November) on the No. 19 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series.

JGR AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has a total of 65 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway entering this weekend’s Auto Club 400. In those 65 starts, JGR has two wins, five pole starting positions, 16 top-five finishes, 27 top-10 finishes, an average start of 15.2 and average finish of 16.5. The team has led a total of 751 laps and completed 14,528 of 15,320 attempted laps (94.8%). JGR has won the last two races with Kyle Busch.

RACE INFO: The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET

Hamlin’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats at Auto Club Speedway:
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Hamlin’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
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Hamlin’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
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From the Cockpit:
Denny Hamlin:
“I was really excited last year, especially after we ran happy hour and we thought we were a car that could compete for a win. I’m just as motivated going into this year’s race as I was last year. The last race laps I ran at the track were when I got crashed on the last lap racing for a win. Ultimately, my motivation is to go there and perform at a really high level. It’s been circled for like a year or two now to run well there. I just didn’t get a chance last year and hopefully I will this year. With Sport Clips on board for their first race this season, I’m looking forward to getting back on track and having a successful weekend.”

About Sport Clips HaircutsSport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and started franchising in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 20 “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 40 in the “Franchise 500.” Sport Clips Haircuts was ranked by FORBES as a “Top Ten Best Franchise” to buy for its investment category. With more than 1,300 Sport Clips stores, numerous new locations open each month in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the “2014 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Our “Help A Hero” program has raised more than $3 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ and provide scholarships for veterans transitioning to a civilian career. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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