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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Denny Hamlin has three top-10s in his last four Atlanta races. Starting fourth this weekend, he would like to make that four-for-five.
Hamlin posted the fourth-fastest time in final practice and had the quickest 10-lap average so he has a good shot at doing so. He should be considered one of the favorites this week. Feb 28 - 4:13 PM

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By finishing fourth in the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin extended his top-10 streak to three consecutive races on this track. He finished second in last year’s 500 and was sixth in the Coke Zero 400.

Hamlin also won the spring Talladega race, which made him one of the best values on the big tracks overall in 2014. However, fantasy owners should also be aware that he had a best result of 14th in seven plate races prior to that and finished 18th in the second ‘Dega duel.
Feb 22 - 6:16 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session before the Daytona 500. His top speed was 202.106 mph.

Drivers did a little drafting in this session and Hamlin likely needed the track time. He will start 42nd for Sunday’s race after his qualification time was disallowed and he failed to finish among the top 16 in his Gatorade Duel in Daytona.
Feb 21 - 12:02 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin had their qualification times disallowed by NASCAR and will start their respective Gatorade Duels from the back of the pack. Earnhardt failed to meet the minimum ride height on the left front. Hamlin’s penalty was incurred because of an improper split on his track bar.

Hamlin will not have any difficulty making the Daytona 500 since he finished third in last year’s points’ standings. With no time to fall back on, Earnhardt could be a different matter. He finished eighth in the standings and could face elimination unless he races into the big show. NASCAR takes six drivers based on points and with teammate Jeff Gordon already locked in by winning the pole, Earnhardt needs only one of the drivers ahead of him in last year’s standings to finish among the top 15 in their Duel.
Feb 17 - 9:38 AM

Before an accident claimed five cars in Group 1A, Denny Hamlin posted the fastest lap in group qualification with a speed of 199.840 mph. He was joined in the top five by JJ Yeley with the third-fastest speed. Yeley also sustained significant damage in the wreck.

The drivers who advance to the final round of qualification will be the fastest in the combined sessions, which means Group 1B could provide the lion’s share.
Feb 15 - 1:54 PM

Denny Hamlin won the first Sprint Unlimited that he qualified for in 2006, which was called the Budweiser Shootout back then. It took eight years, but he final added another victory in the 2014 edition of this race.

In nine total starts, Hamlin has alternated a top-10 finish with one outside that mark. If the pattern holds, he is due to finish 11th or worse this season.
Feb 14 - 9:37 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today crew chief assignments for each of its four 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

JGR's 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief lineup: Jason Ratcliff, No 20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth; Dave Rogers, No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin; Darian Grubb, No. 19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards and Adam Stevens, No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch. Said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. "Like Jason and Dave previously, Adam (Stevens) has clearly proven that he is ready to move into the Cup Series and we feel that his familiarity with Kyle (Busch) provides the opportunity for us to make that move now. We think pairing Dave (Rogers) with Denny (Hamlin) and Darian (Grubb) with Carl (Edwards) will also make each team stronger heading into next season. Jason (Ratcliff) and Matt (Kenseth) came together quickly and we felt it was in the best interest of the 20 team to keep it as is.-Joe Gibbs Racing
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 09:31:00 PM

Denny Hamlin spent more than 250 of 267 laps among the top five at Homestead in the Ford EcoBoost 400, but he got a bad restart on old tires with three to go and slipped to seventh in the final rundown.

Hamlin was a favorite to win the championship among several experts because of his late-season surge. While he came up short in the overall standings, he was easily one of the best values in fantasy games.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:52:00 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the second fastest speed in time trials among the Chase contenders. His lap of 179.348 mph will line the No. 11 up eighth.

Last year Hamlin started fifth en route to Victory Lane. His most recent top-10 start prior to that was a 10th in 2011 before he finished ninth, so his fourth-row qualification effort is a good omen this week.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 08:59:00 PM

Denny Hamlin entered the Quicken Loans 500k as the co-points’ leader and needed only to finish 11th or better to advance to the Chase. After winning the pole he led early, which meant he had to finish only 12th or better. Hamlin overcame a lost lap during the middle stages of the race and drove to fifth in the final laps. He will advance to the Final Four.

Hamlin won last year’s Ford 400 and has another victory in 2009, but he has also finished outside the top 10 twice on that track in the past five years so this team still has some work to do.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Denny Hamlin posted a speed of 142.113 mph in the second and final round of qualification. He will lead the field to green and is in the best spot to earn a bonus point for leading the first lap.

Hamlin is one of three drivers most likely to advance to the Championship round based on his position in the standings. Hamlin is a short, flat track master and should be able to run in the top 10 all afternoon this Sunday.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 07:40:00 PM

If Denny Hamlin finishes 11th or better at Phoenix, he will advance to the final round of the championship. His last four attempts on unrestricted speedways this have all been 10th or better.

Phoenix is not one of Hamlin’s best short, flat tracks—he does much better at Martinsville, Richmond, and New Hampshire—but he should be able to record a top-10 there without any problem. He will not take very many risks on Sunday, which makes him a good fantasy value.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Statistically, Texas Motor Speedway is one of Denny Hamlin’s best tracks, but he earned only one top-10 there in his last six races. He finished 10th in the AAA Texas 500 to add another to his total.

That will actually improve his average slightly, which stood at 10.8 in 18 career starts prior to this weekend.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 10:51:00 AM

In terms of average finishes, Texas is Denny Hamlin’s fifth-best track, but fantasy owners might be a little concerned about his 20th-place start. That is Hamlin’s worst qualification effort in his past five races.

Most of Hamlin’s recent qualifications have been outside of the top 10 and only one race resulted in a strong finish. Hamlin’s average is skewed by some strong runs early in his career and he is far from a sure thing for players.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Denny Hamlin spent most of the Goody's 500 contending for the lead, but he faded in the closing laps. Despite earning the best average running position of the afternoon (4.90), he finished eighth.

That was still a moderate success because it was only his third top-10 on a short, flat track in his last 11 attempts. Hamlin once dominated this track type and needs to run well at Phoenix to clinch a spot in the Championship round.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 11:59:00 AM