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

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In the first 15 races of 2015, Denny Hamlin’s results skew slightly toward strength. He has earned six top-10s versus four results outside the top 25 and has been a factor in several races this season.
The trouble with Hamlin is that he has not yet earned back-to-back top-10s although he came close on two occasions. He backed up his Martinsville Speedway victory with an 11th at Texas and was 11th again last week at Michigan International Speedway after scoring a 10th at Pocono Raceway. Fantasy owners would prefer reliability over occasional strength. Jun 17 - 7:13 PM

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Denny Hamlin spun out of turn four about halfway through final practice for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway and blew a right front tire. The damage from the flat ripped the fender off his car.

Hamlin will not immediately roll out a backup since the damage was minimal. Hamlin qualified 13th for the race and has been somewhat erratic this season, so this could be the final straw when determining whether to start him on Sunday.
Jun 13 - 12:27 PM

Denny Hamlin has experienced both highs and lows at Michigan in recent years. He has two results of 11th or better compared to two results of 29th and worse.

Hamlin’s 2015 season has been a seesaw affair also. He has two Michigan wins and obviously knows how to get around this track, but since winning in 2011 he has only one additional top-10.
Jun 12 - 11:48 AM

Denny Hamlin is generally considered a flat track master, but he has finished outside the top 20 in two of the first three races on minimally-banked courses this year. His 10th-place finish in the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway joins his Martinsville Speedway victory as the only successes.

Fantasy owners would like to trust that this represents a turnaround for the driver, but it is too soon to tell if that will be the case. Continue to be cautious until Hamlin’s good runs outweigh his disappointing ones.
Jun 7 - 8:46 PM

Denny Hamlin spun in the final moments of round three in qualification for the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway and did not record a time. He was one of five drivers who waited too long to make a lap. Hamlin did not make contact with the wall or another car.

Hamlin will still start among the top-12 in eight, but his mistake was costly for a number of his competitors. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne failed to get on track early enough to post a time.
Jun 5 - 5:46 PM

Denny Hamlin won his first two attempts at Pocono Raceway as a rookie and he backed that up with two more wins in back-to-back races in 2009/2010. Since then, he has finished in the top 10 five more times and outside that mark four times.

Nearly all of Hamlin’s bad runs have come as the result of crash damage. He has been error-free in the past three Axalta 400s, however, and has a perfect record of top-10s in the June event.
Jun 3 - 8:25 AM

Denny Hamlin completed a perfect weekend by winning final practice with a speed of 156.087 mph. Previously he won the pole and also posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s session.

With a perfect sweep of the weekend, it is impossible not to consider Hamlin a favorite for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. He should run in the top 10 most of the afternoon and challenge for the win.
May 30 - 1:59 PM

Denny Hamlin proved that winning the pole for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks was no fluke. On Saturday morning he once again had the fastest car and posted a speed of 156.331 mph to narrowly edge teammate Carl Edwards.

If Hamlin keeps his speed up for one more practice session fantasy owners will be tempted to start him, but his Dover International Speedway record has been uneven recently with a top-five, another top-15, a 20th, and a 34th in his last four starts. His worst finish came after he led the field to green and then suffered an accident.
May 30 - 11:03 AM

Denny Hamlin posted a lap of 160.121 mph in the final minute of the third round of qualification to grab the pole for the FedEx 400 ad Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin won back-to-back poles once before in his career on this track. He finished eighth in fall 2012, but crashed the following spring to finish 34th. The No. 11 has been uneven so far in 2015 and continues to represent significant risk to fantasy owners in spite of his pole.
May 29 - 4:41 PM

Denny Hamlin suffered migraine-like symptoms late in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and held on to finish eighth in NASCAR’s longest race of the year.

Hamlin was complaining about a headache even while he was leading in the closing laps. He was one of the drivers who chose to not gamble on fuel and had a top-five capable car.
May 25 - 9:30 AM

Denny Hamlin posted the second quickest average time in final practice for the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.239 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Hamlin posted only the 14th fastest time during this practice, however, and he was 13th-fast in the morning session, which indicates he might need a few laps to get up to speed. That could be an issue if there is a late-race restart.
May 23 - 7:25 PM

Denny Hamlin won the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

The No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry driver started on the pole for the 110 lap five-segment non-points event. No. 5 Kasey Kahne won the 25-lap Segment 1, No. 2 Brad Keselowski won both 25-lap Segments 2 and 3 and No. 41 Kurt Busch won the 25-lap Segment 4. Hamlin started up front for the final 10-lap Segment 5 and held off No. 4 Kevin Harvick to win his first All-Star event. The victory was also the first All-Star win for both Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing.
May 16 - 11:57 PM

Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a time of 111.227 seconds (145.648 mph).

The non-points event had a special qualifying procedure which consisted of three laps that included one four-tire pit stop. Pit road speed was not limited which caused Hamlin to slide his No. 11 Toyota Camry thru his pit. He had to back up a foot or so before the crew could service his car. This didn't stop him from posting the quickest time to lead the 20-car field in tonight's event which pays $1 million to the winner.
May 16 - 8:45 PM

The field was racing single file coming to the white flag at Talladega SuperSpeedway and someone had to make a move. Denny Hamlin was the first driver to pull out of line, but he did not get the help he needed and finished ninth in the Geico 500.

He was not too distraught over the result, however, since it was his first top-10 since winning Martinsville five races ago. He will be a favorite this July for the Coke Zero 400 since this was his fifth top-10 in the last six restrictor-plate, superspeedway races dating back to last year’s Daytona 500.
May 3 - 7:22 PM

Sprint Cup Series regular Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota Camry) won the ToyotaCare 250, his 12th victory in 147 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is the No. 20 Hisense Toyota driver's first NXS victory and third top-10 finish in 2015. It is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 NXS races at Richmond International Raceway. This victory was the 100th win for Toyota in the NXS. Hamlin started on the pole and led 248 laps of the 250 lap event.
Apr 24 - 10:46 PM