Denny Hamlin is surging at the right time. He finished seventh in the Pure Michigan 400, which is his fifth top-10 in the last six races.
Denny Hamlin posted five consecutive top-10s at Michigan International Speedway from 2009 through 2011. Two of those races ended in Victory Lane and another two were top-three finishes. Unfortunately he has not scored a top-10 on this track since then.
Denny Hamlin was running 13th when he spun in the closing laps of the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He managed to salvage a lead lap finish, but faded to 24th.
On Thursday afternoon, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that they would would not be appealing the penalties levied against Denny Hamlin, crew chief Darian Grubb and the No. 11 FedEx team for infractions found in postrace inspection after the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway weeks ago.
Denny Hamlin earned six top-10s in seven road course races from 2006 through 2009. Unfortunately, he has not scored another in nine races since then.
Denny Hamlin swept the top 10 at Pocono for the first time since 2010 with his ninth-place finish in the GoBowling.com 400. He finished fourth in the Pocono 400 this June.
If recent seasons are any indication, Denny Hamlin could struggle this week at Pocono. His latest three Pennsylvania 400 finishes were all 15th or worse. His most recent three Pocono 400s—the traditional name for the June race—ended in results of eighth or better.
The No. 11 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After finishing third in Sunday’s Brickyard 400, NASCAR has confiscated parts from Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota. The parts affected were rear firewall block-off plates.
Denny Hamlin finished third in the Brickyard 400 in what turned out to be a roller coaster race for the No. 11 team. Hamlin tried to execute an alternative strategy but cautions did not fall appropriately to give him the win.
After struggling at the beginning of the season, Denny Hamlin is regaining his strength on flat tracks. He finished fourth at Pocono and was eighth last week in New Hampshire.
Denny Hamlin is one of only two drivers who have a current top-10 streak to his credit following the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. He finished eighth in that race and was sixth in the Coke Zero 400.
Denny Hamlin salvaged an eighth-place finish at New Hampshire after first failing to capitalize on a risky fuel-mileage strategy and quickly reversing his approach.
Denny Hamlin finished eighth at New Hampshire after running second in the closing laps of the Camping World RV Sales 301, but his fortune could have been much worse without a great call regarding fuel mileage.