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Denny Hamlin

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (37) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 170

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Denny Hamlin finished fifth in the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway after starting the race in sixth.
It was easy to overlook some of these drivers because of the dominant performance of Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson – but Hamlin managed to stay out of trouble and scored a solid finish. He was listed sixth in this week’s Cheat Sheets, and was one of four drivers who finished in the top five ranked within one spot of their ultimate finish. May 13 - 12:36 AM

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Denny Hamlin had a seven-race streak of top-fives going until the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but that was snapped at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Pennzoil 400 when he finished 17th.

One of the top-fives in his streak came at Kansas last fall. He also finished second in fall 2015, but those are his only top-10s on this track in the last six attempts. He could rebound, but fantasy owners need to be prepared for him to finish on the cusp of 10th.
May 9 - 5:32 PM

Denny Hamlin qualified 10th and finished seventh in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin seesawed through the race. He finally got the car dialed in appropriately in the closing stage and was able to race aggressively – picking up several spots after the rain delay.
May 6 - 6:35 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, just as this week’s Cheat Sheets predicted.

Hamlin was the second driver in the top three accurately predicted. Kyle Busch won after being handicapped first. Hamlin’s day was not exactly smooth. He fell back into the high side of the top 10 for a while as the team played an alternate strategy. When cautions changed the complexion of the race’s end, however, he held his own mano-a-mano. He continues to be a great value on short flat tracks.
Apr 21 - 10:29 PM

Denny Hamlin expected the bump-and-run but it never came. Kyle Busch got to the back bumper in the closing laps of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday night, but showed his teammate a ton of respect.

That was enough for Hamlin to win his own charity Late Model race for just the second time in his career. Regional star CE Falk briefly took the lead from Hamlin with 35 laps to go, but was victimized in lap traffic when he got stuck behind a slow Colin Garrett. The loss of momentum allowed Hamlin to retake the lead and hold serve for the remainder of the race. Busch was able to get by Falk, but never gave Hamlin the hard shove it would have taken to win the race over the final five laps.
Apr 21 - 11:33 AM

Denny Hamlin was forced to pit from the lead of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a loose wheel.

Hamlin lost two laps in the process and is going to struggle to get back on the lead lap in the final half of the race.
Apr 16 - 2:08 PM

With a lap of 125.773 m.p.h., Denny Hamlin failed to advance from the first round of qualification for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He will start 25th.

Hamlin and the rest of the field went out late, but Hamlin was among the first to do so still. The track had not yet come develop a groove and the No. 11 suffered.
Apr 13 - 5:05 PM

Denny Hamlin went more than 20 laps longer than the field in segment one of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which put him on a lap by himself at lap 50.

The willingness to gamble sets him apart from the field some weeks, but that is difficult to predict for fantasy players. On his pit stop on lap 58, Hamlin lost his advantage with a speeding penalty.
Apr 8 - 2:58 PM

Denny Hamlin sustained damage when he was brake-checked by Kevin Harvick just before the final caution of the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He fell outside the top 10 and finished 12th.

Hamlin led 111 laps during the afternoon and should easily have contended for a top-10. He bumped the No. 4 in an attempt to let him know he needed to get around for a spot until Harvick slammed on the brakes and destroyed Hamlin’s nose. The driver of the No. 11 was forced to make two stops and lost all of his track position.
Mar 26 - 6:22 PM

Denny Hamlin battled heavy traffic at the end of stage one and held off Brad Keselowski for the segment win.

Hamlin led 103 of the first 130 laps and is piling up a ton of points.
Mar 26 - 2:58 PM

After starting sixth based on owner points, Denny Hamlin charged to the lead of the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in 30 laps.

Hamlin is a short, flat track master, but he has been less than dominant in recent years. Still, keep an eye on him if he is in your NASCAR Fantasy Live garage.
Mar 26 - 2:21 PM

Denny Hamlin has earned 12 wins on NASCAR’s short, flat tracks with his most recent victory coming last July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

One more short, flat track win will give Hamlin a Baker’s Dozen. He last visited Victory Lane at Martinsville in 2015 and earned three consecutive wins from 2009 through 2010. If not for contact with Chase Elliott last fall, he might have had the momentum needed to pull it off already.
Mar 25 - 11:52 AM

Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway after starting the race deep in the pack in 25th.

Hamlin was one of 13 drivers who did not get a chance to qualify on Friday because they failed to clear inspection. With this win, he has now alternated top-10 finishes with results outside that mark in the past seven races on this track type.
Mar 18 - 7:12 PM

Denny Hamlin has earned only one top-10 finish in his last six attempts at Auto Club Speedway.

With an average finish of 18.3, this counts as Hamlin’s fifth-wort track and that suggests he is best left in the garage for all types of Fantasy NASCAR games.
Mar 16 - 12:09 PM

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway after starting sixth.

Hamlin has long been considered a short, flat track master and as one of the one-mile tracks, Phoenix has long been a favorite. This is only his second top-five on this track in the past seven races, however, which has diminished his appeal somewhat.
Mar 11 - 7:08 PM