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Denny Hamlin

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (36) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Denny Hamlin won the 2015 All-star race, which was his third top-five in 11 starts.
His other two strong showings came in 2009 and 2010, so it is a good bet he will finish somewhere outside that mark Saturday night. Hamlin qualified ninth for the exhibition race. May 20 - 6:35 PM

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Denny Hamlin won the 2015 All-Star race after starting on the pole and hopes to defend this year.

Hamlin qualified ninth for the 2017 edition of this classic exhibition. Last year, he finished ninth after starting 12th, so there is no clear pattern to his efforts.
May 20 - 2:01 PM

The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had an unsecured lug nut in a post-race check Sunday at Richmond International Raceway.

Crew chief Mike Wheeler was handed a $10,000 fine after one lug nut was found to be improperly secured. The infraction was noted after driver Denny Hamlin recorded a season-best third-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400.-NASCAR.com
May 4 - 12:27 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway to earn his first top-five of the 2017 season.

One has to look back to last fall and the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway to find another top-five. Notably, that is another short, flat track in the state of Virginia. One week previous, he had another top-five at Talladega, which is the site of next week’s race.
Apr 30 - 5:56 PM

Denny Hamlin finished 10th in the Food City 500 after rolling off the grid 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

That is Hamliin’s best spring finish on this track in three years, although he does have a pair of top-fives in the spring. Without any problems this summer, he should be able to sweep the top 10.
Apr 24 - 6:36 PM

Denny Hamlin was one of the first three drivers on the track at Texas Motor Speedway in O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 practice Friday. He set one fast lap and then spun on his second attempt around the track.

Texas’ repave and reconfiguration is going to take a little while to figure out. Hamlin did not make contact with the wall and will recover in this more-than two hour session.
Apr 7 - 12:23 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in Friday’s practice session with a speed of 95.256.

Teammate Kyle Busch was .041 second behind, which indicates that the organization has speed. Hamlin and Busch both have stellar records on this track and have set themselves up as drivers to watch closely early in the weekend.
Mar 31 - 1:05 PM

Denny Hamlin qualified and finished third last year at Auto Club Speedway, but don’t expect that to happen in 2017. His remarkable result was only the second time in 15 attempts that he earned a top-five there.

This is certainly not one of Hamlin’s better tracks and his poor finishes have been compounded by negative place-differential points. He started on the first three rows from 2011 through 2015 and fell back every time. Three of those attempts ended with results of 25th or worse, which was devastating to fantasy rosters.
Mar 21 - 8:52 PM

Denny Hamlin was forced to come from the back of the field twice in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway after suffering two tire punctures.

Hamlin qualified 19th, but he had to drop to the back of the pack to start the race after changing tires. He ran over a screw in time trials. He made his way into the top 10 before suffering a cut tire in the race at about the 2/3rds distance and had to pick his way forward again. Hamlin passed more cars than anyone in the field and salvaged a solid result.
Mar 19 - 8:18 PM

Denny Hamlin will be forced to give up his 19th-place spot on the grid and fall to the back to start the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for a tire change.

Hamlin ran over a screw sometime in qualification. NASCAR’s rules require drivers to start on the tires on which they qualify. Hamlin has occasionally struggled on this track and starting shotgun on the field is going to hurt his odds of winning or finishing in the top five. Fantasy players also should bear in mind that his place-differential will be based on his official starting position of 19th.
Mar 18 - 12:26 PM

Denny Hamlin has scored 10 top-10s in his last 12 starts on short, flat tracks.

Three off those came at Phoenix International Raceway including a third last spring. But this track has not always been one of his better courses and three of the four events preceding that mini-streak ended outside the top 15. Hamlin should be watched closely, but it will be difficult to commit to him before the weekend starts.
Mar 17 - 12:53 PM

Denny Hamlin had a seesaw race Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but when the checkers waved he crossed under them sixth in the Kobalt 400.

Hamlin never made his way into the top five and was inside the top 10 for only about 25 percent of the race. Most points are awarded at the end, however, and Hamlin’s sixth-place finish elevated him to 15th in the standings.
Mar 12 - 8:41 PM

For only the second time in his last 40 races, Denny Hamlin failed to advance to the round of 12 in qualification.

With a lap of 192.356 mph, he rolls off the grid 15th. He also missed the top 12 at Texas Motor Speedway last fall. He picked up eight spots in race trim and finished ninth.
Mar 10 - 8:28 PM

Denny Hamlin dominated qualification last year by advancing to the round of 12 every week but once. He is picking up where he left off with a 10th-place qualification effort for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Hamlin qualified only 12th for last year’s edition of this race, but he started on one of the first five rows in the next 31 races. His streak ended at Phoenix International Raceway last year with a 17th-place effort in time trials, but he rebounded and has a current three-race streak.
Mar 4 - 11:20 AM

Denny Hamlin’s victory in last year’s Daytona 500 was one of eight top-10s that he has scored in the last 12 plate races.

That streak dates back to his second-place finish in the 2014 Daytona 500 and it kicked off a string of five consecutive results of sixth or better at Daytona International Speedway. That streak was broken last July when he finished 17th after starting ninth.
Feb 24 - 10:43 AM