Denny Hamlin

February 25, 2020

Auto Club 400

Date/Time: March 1/3:30 p.m. ET

Distance: 200 laps/400 miles

Track Length: 2 miles

Track Shape: D-shaped oval

Banking: 14 degrees

2018 Winner: Kyle Busch

 

Las Vegas Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 17th in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, unable to overcome an ill-handling #11 FedEx Ground Toyota in the race won by Joey Logano. Hamlin lined up fourth on the grid, but had to drop to the back of the field after the team was penalized for a technical inspection violation. At the drop of the green flag, Hamlin began reporting that the car was extremely loose, and he felt like he was driving on ice. As the race progressed, the FedEx crew made significant adjustments to the chassis during each pit stop, but Hamlin continued to struggle with the handling. Despite best efforts from Denny and crew, the FedEx11 team sat in 17th place as Logano took the checkered flag.

 

Fontana Preview: Continuing on the West Coast swing, the series heads to Fontana, Calif., for Sunday’s 400-mile race at Auto Club Speedway. After 18 career starts at the Southern California track, Hamlin has recorded two top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and three pole positions, as well as a career-best finish of third (2008 and 2016). Following a disappointing performance in Las Vegas, Hamlin and team will be looking for Hamlin’s second win of 2020, thus moving forward in the standings, where Hamlin currently ranks ninth two races into the season. The #11 FedEx Toyota will promote the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest on the TV panel of the car for this weekend’s race in Las Vegas. The reminder encourages small business owners to apply for a collective prize pool of more than $250,000 by the entry deadline of March 2nd at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.

 

Hamlin Statistics:

Track: Auto Club Speedway

Races: 18

Wins:  0

Poles: 3

Top-5: 2

Top-10: 7

Laps Led: 147

Avg. Start: 11.2

Avg. Finish 16.9

 

Hamlin Conversation – Fontana:

What are you most focused on moving forward as the series heads to Fontana this weekend?  

“We just need to get back on track. We obviously started off the season with a bang in Daytona, and then had a little hiccup in Las Vegas. We know what we need to do to win, and we’re focused on the next race. Hopefully we’ll be able to get back up front at Fontana.”

 

How do you bounce back after a disappointing effort in Las Vegas this past weekend?

“It was just a tough day all the way around for our FedEx team. We just didn’t have a good handle on the car throughout the entire race. We finally worked our way up into the top 15, and the pit road speeding penalty killed our chances of any kind of decent finish. We just need to regroup and get the car ready to go for next weekend.”

 

FedEx Office Along for the Ride at Fontana: FedEx recognizes FedEx Office District 101 – Houston Downtown for its top sales to plan for District Operations YTD Fiscal Year 2020.

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Auto Club Speedway: 11334 4th St., Suite 102, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, (909) 481-2277

 

 

2020 FedEx Racing Team Results
DATE EVENT LOCATION START FINISH LAPS STATUS LED PTS TREND
Feb. 16 Daytona 500 Daytona 21 1 209/209 Running 79 1st
Feb. 23 Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas 4 17 267/267 Running 0 9th
Averages/Totals 12.5 9 100%   79    

 

 

February 19, 2020

Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube


Date/Time: February 23/3:30 p.m. ET

Distance: 267 laps/400.5 miles

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Track Shape: Tri-Oval

Banking: 20 degrees

2019 Winner: Joey Logano

 

Express Notes:

Daytona Recap: Denny Hamlin won his third Daytona 500 in five years Monday in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, passing Ryan Blaney in the final stretch to win by 0.014 seconds, the second-closest margin of victory in the “Great American Race.” The race was postponed after just 20 laps on Sunday due to rain, and it resumed Monday afternoon. Hamlin and his fellow Toyota competitors stuck to the game plan of riding in the back out of harm’s way in Stage 1. Hamlin inherited the lead after varying pit cycles at the end of the stage. He went on to lead the majority of Stage 2 and captured that segment victory for an additional playoff point. The action picked up in the final stage, with side-by-side racing throughout the field. A handful of late-race incidents took out many of the frontrunners, but Hamlin was able to avoid the wrecks and remain near the front for the final few restarts and took the checkered flag.

 

Las Vegas Preview: The series heads out to the desert this weekend to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile event. Denny Hamlin continues his pursuit of his first career win at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Hamlin and the #FedEx11 team are currently atop the points standings and look to expand their lead this weekend in Las Vegas. The #11 FedEx Toyota will promote the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest on the TV panel of the car for this weekend’s race in Las Vegas. The reminder encourages small business owners to apply for a collective prize pool of more than $250,000 by the entry deadline of March 2nd at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.

 

Hamlin Statistics:

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Races: 16

Wins: 0

Top-5: 2

Top-10: 7

Laps Led: 18

Avg. Start: 16.8

Avg. Finish: 13.8

 

Hamlin Conversation – Las Vegas:

What are you most looking forward to as the Series heads to Las Vegas this weekend?  

“Our team is picking up where we left off last year and really clicking so far. I’m very happy with our performance, but we still have a lot of work to do and a lot more challenges coming our way. We’ll be ready to get back at it this weekend in Las Vegas and hopefully take the checkered flag.”

 

Back-to-back victories in Daytona – how does it feel to be back in victory lane again this year?

“First, my thoughts are with Ryan (Newman) and his well-being, I’m proud of this FedEx team for another great accomplishment, but no win is more important than the health and safety of the competitors. It feels great to get this win and hopefully we can keep this momentum going throughout the season.”

 

FedEx Express Freight Along for the Ride at Las Vegas: The FedEx Ground Mid-South district will be recognized for exceptional safety performance with its district code “MIDS” on the B-post of the #11 FedEx Toyota this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Las Vegas Motor Speedway: 228 S Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 431-5076

 

 

2020 FedEx Racing Team Results
DATE EVENT LOCATION START FINISH LAPS STATUS LED PTS TREND
Feb. 16 Daytona 500 Daytona 21 1 209/209 Running 79 1st
Averages/Totals 21 1 100%   79    

 



February 12, 2020

Daytona 500

Date/Time: Feb. 16/2:30 p.m. ET

Distance: 200 laps/500 miles

Track Length: 2.5 miles

Track Shape: Tri-Oval

Banking: 31 degrees

2019 Winner: Denny Hamlin

 

Express Notes:

Busch Clash Recap: Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the #11 FedEx Toyota in Sunday’s Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway after pushing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones to victory. Hamlin started 18th in the 18-car field following a random draw to determine starting positions. But, starting in the back didn’t deter the driver of the FedEx Camry, who rocketed up to sixth after just five laps of racing on the high banks. The FedEx car was clipped in the right rear and received minor damage after Joey Logano and Kyle Busch got tangled up with eight laps to go. Two more cautions would claim most of the field, and just five cars were running the final laps to the checkers. As the five cars jockeyed down the backstretch for the final time, Hamlin, now one lap down, tucked his FedEx Toyota under the rear of JGR teammate Jones and pushed him from fourth to first through the final turn and to the checkered flag.

 

Daytona Outlook: The Series kicks off its regular season this Sunday with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Returning as the defending race champion, Hamlin will look to secure his third win at Daytona in the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team will first participate in Thursday’s qualifying “Duel” races, which will determine the full starting grid for Sunday’s main event. Last weekend’s time trials determined that Hamlin will race in Duel 1, lining up third behind pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

 

Hamlin Statistics:

Track: Daytona International Speedway

Races: 28

Wins: 2

Top-5: 8

Top-10: 9

Laps Led: 442

Avg. Start: 16.4

Avg. Finish: 17.4

 

Hamlin Conversation – Daytona:

How did it feel to be back in the car out on the track during the Clash?

“It was fun. I mean my car was so, so fast. I’m proud of the effort by my FedEx team, and I’m glad we got a JGR team win, too. Our 500 car was fast in practice, too, so I feel good about how we can race on Sunday.”

 

What did you learn from Sunday’s Clash that you can apply to the Daytona 500 this Sunday?

“We just need to stay focused, be patient and make sure that we keep our car on the track and in the race. We did try staying out under a caution during the Clash, and lost a tire after some contact, so that will be in the back of our minds come Sunday.”

 

FedEx Express Freight Along for the Ride at Daytona: For the Daytona 500, the iconic 500-mile NASACR Series season opener, the FedEx #11 will feature the letters CLT on its B-Post to recognize the AGFS and U.S. Operations team members for their outstanding performance.  The teamwork between the local stations and ramp has resulted in the highest ever Money Back Guarantee FedEx Priority Overnight (MBG PO) service level to date for the CLT market and improved PM Flight On Time Performance with zero Market Delays. FedEx Express is honored to recognize its teams in the Charlotte Market for outstanding performance.

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Daytona International Speedway: 2274 W International Speedway, Daytona Beach (386) 323-7840

 



February 5, 2020

2020 Busch Clash

Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 9/ 3:00 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 75 laps/187.5 miles

Track Shape: Tri-Oval

Track Length: 2.5 miles

Banking: 31 degrees

2019 Winner: Jimmie Johnson

 

Express Notes:

Busch Clash at Daytona: Denny Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team start their 2020 NASCAR Cup Series campaign this Sunday with the 75-lap Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway. A three-time winner of the event (2006, 2014 and 2016), Hamlin is one of only six drivers to win both the Clash and DAYTONA 500 during the same Speedweeks. Last year he was unable to finish the Clash due to a multi-car wreck after 55 laps. The #11 FedEx Toyota will promote the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest on the TV panel of the car for this weekend’s Clash. The reminder encourages small business owners to apply for a collective prize pool of more than $250,000 by the entry deadline of March 2.

 

Hamlin Statistics:

Track: Daytona International Speedway – Clash

Races: 13

Wins: 3 (2006, 2014, 2016)

Top-5: 5

Top-10: 7

Laps Led: 142

 

Hamlin Conversation – Clash: 

You had a great season in 2019. Looking ahead, what can we expect from you and the FedEx team in 2020?

“Last year we made it to the Championship 4, and our goal starting today is to get back there and bring home the title. I know Chris (Gabehart, crew chief) and the rest of these guys are ready to go, and so am I. We’re excited to get back out on the track for the 2020 season.”

 

Your FedEx Toyota for this weekend’s Clash promotes the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. What is the message you want people to know?

“FedEx is committed to helping small businesses grow and is on a mission to shine a light on entrepreneurs and uplift their brand. Winners of the Small Business Grant Contest get access to connections, a peer network and lots of opportunities to take their brand to the next level. Who wouldn’t want to earn money for their business? All you have to do is go online to fedex.com/grantcontest and tell FedEx about your business by March 2 for an opportunity to win.”

 

FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Homestead: FedEx is kicking off the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series by recognizing the outstanding performance of the AGFS and U.S. Operations team members in the BDL market. On Feb. 9, the letters BDL will appear on the B-post of the #11 Toyota at the Clash at Daytona. Employees in the BDL market in Hartford, Conn., are known for operational excellence, achieving a near all-time high MBG FedEx Priority Overnight service level of 97% in January, reducing Wrong Day Late service failures and achieving continuous improvement in aircraft load quality performance.

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Daytona International Speedway: 2274 W International Speedway, Daytona Beach, (386) 323-7840