Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hamlin looks to build off Coca-Cola momentum at Pocono

Denny Hamlin is 8/1 to win for fifth time at Pocono Raceway.  
FedEx Racing Express Facts – Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin
#11 FedEx Ground Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing

Race Info:

Race: Axalta 400
Date/Time: June 5/1:00 p.m. ET
Distance: 160 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Track Shape: Triangle
2015 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Express Notes:
Coca-Cola 600 Recap:
Denny Hamlin finished fourth in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, running among the top-10 throughout the 400-mile event won by Martin Truex Jr. The race was slowed by just four cautions for 19 laps, and Truex dominated the field, leading 392 circuits around the 1.5-mile oval. Hamlin lined up fifth for the race’s final restart on Lap 345, climbing one spot before the checkered flag behind Truex, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin started fourth and ran in the top-10 the entire race. A series of green flag pit stops during the middle portion shuffled the running order a bit, and Hamlin was always able to maintain track position. The FedEx Racing Team crew was flawless on pit road, maintaining or gaining spots on each stop. Hamlin climbed two spots to 11th in the NASCAR standings following Charlotte, 112 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after 13 of 26 regular season races.

Pocono Preview:
The Series heads to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle.” Hamlin is a four-time winner at Pocono, sweeping both races at the track as a rookie in 2006 and then back-to-back races in 2009 and 2010. He has led a total of 669 laps around the track, and finished 10th in the event one year ago.

Hamlin Statistics:
Track: Pocono Raceway
Races: 20
Wins: 4
Top-5: 9
Top-10: 13
Average Start: 6.8
Average Finish: 12.3
Laps Led: 669

Hamlin Conversation — POCONO:

How can you build off the momentum at Charlotte into Pocono?

“The biggest thing for us was having a clean, solid day at Charlotte. It was relatively uneventful, and that’s a good thing. We had good speed throughout the weekend and had a mistake-free race. We need to keep putting those solid weeks together. Pocono is obviously a place that we have had success at over the years, but it’s been a little bit since we’ve run up front and competed for race wins there. Our cars have had speed all year, so I’m confident that we can go to Pocono and give it a shot.”

Delaware Valley Along for the Ride at Pocono:
The FedEx Ground Delaware Valley district will be recognized for its outstanding trailer load efficiency with its “DELV” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground 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. 21Daytona 500Daytona111200/200Running951st
Feb. 28Folds of Honor 500Atlanta1216328/330Running 4th
March 6Kobalt Tools 400Las Vegas919267/267Running108th
March 13Good Sam 500Phoenix33313/313Running 6th
March 20Auto Club 400Fontana33205/205Running24th
April 3STP 500Martinsville838221/500Crash 9th
April 9Duck Commander 500Texas612334/334Running 8th
April 17Food City 500Bristol420500/500Running 9th
April 24Toyota Owners 400Richmond56400/400Running18th
May 1GEICO 500Talladega831170/188Running512th
May 400Kansas337240/267Crash 13th
May 15AAA 400Dover67400/400Running1513th
May 29Coca-Cola 600Charlotte44400/400Running 11th
Averages/Totals6.315.292.4% 128  

#11 FedEx Racing – 2016 Crew Roster
Crew Chief – Mike “Wheels” Wheeler
Car Chief – Leo Thorsen
Engineers – Matt Beckman, Sam McAuley
Shock Specialist – Drew Bible
Tire Specialist – Kerry Ferris
Mechanics – Troy Welty, John Furino, Sean Kerlin
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: Nate Bolling
Gas Man: Caleb Hurd
Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa
Athletic Director: Mike Lepp
Transportation – Frank Hodel, David Ott

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing

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