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

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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

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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

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top four spots in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. Carl Edwards led the contingent with a speed of 175.812, followed by Matt Kenseth (175.418), Kyle Busch (175.408), and Denny Hamlin (175.298).

JGR has been consistently fast in every practice session and all of their drivers start near the front with Busch on the pole, Kenseth and Edwards lined up side-by-side on row four and Hamlin 11th. Fantasy owners should take whichever of these racers best fit their roster.
Aug 1 - 9:58 AM

Hamlin is a flat track master, but Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been his worst venue among the minimally-banked courses. One would not know that by his Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard effort as he finished fifth.

Hamlin had to overcome a lost hood during practice and a missed setup in qualification that sent him off the grid 17th. This solid run makes him a good pick next week on the 2.5-mile, flat Pocono Raceway.
Jul 26 - 10:50 PM

Denny Hamlin lost an hour of practice when his hood flew up into his windshield in the second practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first session, but it was noted that this is not his best track. Unless he posts a quick 10-lap average, he should be avoided this week.
Jul 24 - 2:32 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.208 mph.

Hamlin is widely considered one of the best flat track racers in the field, but Indy is his worst track among the minimally-banked courses. This burst of speed puts him on players’ radar screens and he should be evaluated throughout the day.
Jul 24 - 11:15 AM

Of the six flat tracks on which NASCAR competes, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the least productive for Denny Hamlin. He has a career-average finish there of 15.3 in nine starts compared to Pocono Raceway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Richmond International Raceway where he has averages in the 11th-12th-place range. At New Hampshire he boasts a 10.7. His best flat track is Martinsville Speedway where he has an 8.3 in 19 starts.

Hamlin can still find a good finish when he gets the handle correct. Last year he finished third in the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, which matched a career-best first set in 2008. Those are his only top-fives on this track, however.
Jul 22 - 10:03 AM

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin won the Lakes Region 200, his 13th victory in 150 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.

This is the No. 20 Sun Energy 1 Toyota Camry driver's second victory and sixth top-10 NXS finish in 2015. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five NXS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin, who started on the pole, also won the 3M Lap Leader contingency award for leading the most laps (145 laps of the 200-lap event).
Jul 18 - 9:54 PM

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Lakes Region 200 with a lap of 29.069 seconds, 131.026 mph.

This is the No. 20 Sun Energy 1 Toyota Camry driver's 18th pole in 150 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. It is his second pole and fifth top-10 NXS start in 2015. This is his first pole in five NXS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jul 18 - 3:45 PM

Denny Hamlin qualified fifth for the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and that is the third consecutive race for which he will start on one of the first five spots.

Hamlin is considered one of the flat track masters, but his results have fallen off in recent years. Still, he managed to finish eighth in this race last year after starting one row closer to the front in third.
Jul 17 - 10:32 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, which is his second straight top-five. He finished third last week at Daytona International Speedway as well.

This was not only the first time all season that Hamlin finished in the top-five in back-to-back races, it is the first time in 2015 that he scored consecutive top-10s. Hamlin is widely considered a short, flat track master and he should be able to keep his streak alive next week on the minimally-banked New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jul 11 - 11:10 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Coke Zero 400 and was then turned by Kevin Harvick as the field crossed under the checkers. Hamlin’s spin collected virtually every car on the lead lap, but not until after the results were set.

Hamlin was one of four drivers who currently have perfect records of top-10s on plate tracks this year, which makes him a solid pick for the fall Talladega SuperSpeedway race.
Jul 6 - 3:28 AM

Denny Hamlin was spun by Kevin Harvick in front of the field at the finish line and in the chain-reaction crash, Austin Dillon was launched into the catch fence on the frontstretch. He tore down the fence, destroyed his car, and ultimately landed on his lid after finishing seventh in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon climbed from the car uninjured. Safety advances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series allows drivers to race this fearlessly and contributes to some exciting finishes. The wreck started at the front of the pack and every lead lap car except the winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained damage.
Jul 6 - 2:59 AM