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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 was nailed for speeding during an early caution flag and was dropped to the tail end of the field. During a long green flag run following that infraction, he was lapped and spent much of the afternoon battling to get back into the Free Pass position. He ultimately finished on the lead lap, but was scored only 18th in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Hamlin also had to overcome a lost lap at Chicagoland in the 400, but he fared much better in that race by gambling on tires and winning. He cannot afford to continue making mistakes if he expects to advance to the Contender round Oct 6 - 4:35 PM

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Denny Hamlin finished second in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the heels of last week’s victory in the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. This gives him more momentum than anyone else in the field.

This was Hamlin’s fifth top-five in the last six races of the season. He is peaking at the right time and is now one of the favorites to advance to Homestead-Miami Speedway in championship contention.
Sep 27 - 5:46 PM

Denny Hamlin had the third quickest, 10-lap average in final practice for the Sylvania 300. His top speed of 132.981 mph was set from his laps 34 through 43.

Hamlin was fifth quickest in the Saturday morning session and is generally considered a short, flat track master. He is a good option for players who cannot or do not want to start Kyle Busch.
Sep 26 - 6:40 PM

Denny Hamlin spun on lap two of the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway after he made an aggressive move on AJ Allmendinger and hit the side of the No. 47. He got a Wave Around to get back on the lead lap and stayed out on one tires during the final caution before winning in a five-lap shootout. His victory gives him an automatic advance to the Contender round.

This is the second consecutive year that the race winner came from outside the top 24 after qualification was rained out in the Chase kickoff. In 2014, Brad Keselowski won from 28th. Hamlin is generally considered a short, flat track master and he should be just as impressive next week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—a minimally-banked one-mile track.
Sep 20 - 6:19 PM

Denny Hamlin posted only the 30th fastest lap in Friday’s lone practice session and will roll off the grid for the 400 deep in the pack. He apparently found something overnight, however, and recorded the second-best speed of 182.389 in Saturday’s early afternoon practice.

Most likely that is the benefit of having teammates. His Joe Gibbs Racing fellows were fast on Friday. Hamlin still need to find a consistent setup that will allow him to manage traffic and is a longshot to win. He is capable of scoring a top-10, however.
Sep 19 - 2:40 PM

Denny Hamlin’s Chase campaign will get off to a slow start as he is forced to come from the back of the starting grid for the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Rain cancelled qualification and Hamlin had only the 29th fastest time in practice among drivers who made the show, so that is where he will start on Sunday.

The starting position alone is not critical because Brad Keselowski won last year from 25th and Tony Stewart has a victory in 2011 from 26th. Hamlin has not been particularly strong at Chicagoland, however, with this ranking among his five worst tracks. There are plenty of reasons for fantasy owners to be concerned.
Sep 19 - 9:36 AM

Denny Hamlin overcame a torn ACL and a poor qualification effort to finish sixth in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Hamlin was one of three drivers who overcame qualification efforts outside the top 25 en route to the top 10. While it is not exactly easy to come from the back, this track ranks among the top half in that regard among all active tracks
Sep 13 - 12:48 AM

Denny Hamlin has a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his right knee, but is not expected to miss any races as a result of the injury according to NBC Sports’ Daniel McFaddin. He sustained the injury in a basketball game.

The right knee does not take much pressure in the car since the accelerator is worked by the hinge of the ankle, but this might still affect his handicap slightly. This is the fourth major injury for Hamlin in the past four years and the cumulative effect may begin to take a toll. A few years ago he ripped his hand open roughhousing in on of NASCAR’s garages, he sustained a back injury in a crash in 2013, and had a piece of metal rust in his eye in 2014.
Sep 9 - 11:01 PM

Denny Hamlin failed in his bid to sweep the Darlington Raceway weekend in the XFINITY and Cups series with wins in both. He won on Saturday night, but could only manage a third in the Southern 500.

Hamlin was not quite as dominant as Brad Keselowski or Kevin Harvick, but he could lead when he had track position. He spent the sixth-most laps among the top five and was never out of serious contention.
Sep 7 - 12:16 AM

Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin won the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, his 14th victory in 152 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.

This is the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry driver's third victory and eighth top-10 NXS finish in 2015. It is his fourth victory and eighth top-10 finish in eight NXS races at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin started on the pole and led the most laps (117 in the 147-lap event).
Sep 5 - 9:14 PM

Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 with a lap of 28.640 seconds, 171.704 mph.

This is the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry driver's 20th pole in 152 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his fourth pole and seventh top-10 NXS start in 2015 and fourth pole in eight NXS races at Darlington Raceway.
Sep 5 - 1:15 PM

On Saturday, Denny Hamlin scored his first top-five in his last six Bristol Motor Speedway starts. Prior to the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race, Hamlin’s last strong run ended in a victory in the 2012 Night Race.

In the five races between his 2012 victory and 2015 third-place finish, Hamlin had one top-10 versus four results outside the top 20. This must feel a little like a win for a team that needs momentum.
Aug 22 - 11:13 PM

Denny Hamlin set a new track record at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 131.407 mph and won the pole for Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race.

This is Hamlin’s third pole of his Bristol career. He led the field to green in summer 2013 and spring 2014. Crash damage relegated him to 28th under the lights in 2013 and he was sixth the following spring. Four of his last five efforts on this track have been slowed by wrinkled fenders, so his biggest challenge will be to stay out of trouble.
Aug 21 - 6:40 PM

The rollercoaster continues for Denny Hamlin, but this time it ended with him on top. The No. 11 qualified on the outside pole and raced with the leaders most of the day before finishing fifth in Michigan International Speedway’s Pure Michigan 400.

That was Hamlin’s fourth top-five in the past seven races; his three other results were 14th or worse and he needs consistency to be a reliable fantasy pick.
Aug 16 - 6:10 PM

Denny Hamlin narrowly missed earning the pole for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. His speed of 196.990 mph was half a mile per hour slower than the pole sitter, Matt Kenseth.

If one is going to lose out to another driver, at least it was a teammate. The combined strength of Joe Gibbs Racing suggests they will be strong in race trim. This is Hamlin’s ninth top-10 start at Michigan and he has two victories and two more top-10s after starting with the leaders.
Aug 15 - 12:36 AM