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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 posted the fastest lap in the second practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash with a speed of 196.528 mph.
Hamlin led his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates as they ran in a draft by themselves. Hamlin topped Daniel Suarez, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth. These four drivers will continue to run in a group as much as possible Saturday night. That will be bad news for the competition. Feb 17 - 7:30 PM

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Denny Hamlin has the best three-year average finish at Daytona International Speedway with a mark of 5.5.

Hamlin’s average on this track is also the fourth-best on all tracks, among all drivers. He ties for that distinction with Joey Logano at Richmond International Raceway and Brad Keselowski at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin’s victory in last year’s Daytona 500 capped off a five-race, top-six streak but he finished only 17th in the Coke Zero 400.
Feb 13 - 8:48 PM

Watkins Glen International and NASCAR have revealed the segment lengths for the August road course race.

NASCAR said the breaks would come at approximately the one-quarter and halfway marks of the race. At the Glen, the first two segments will end at lap 20 and lap 40, leaving 50 laps until the end. By doing this, NASCAR has given themselves the opportunity to tweak the lengths to provide for a longer final segment that might allow for varied strategy. Denny Hamlin won in 2016 edition of this race.
Feb 7 - 12:35 PM

Denny Hamlin earned his best three-year average at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 4.0 and his best track hosting more than one race in that span is Daytona International Speedway with a 5.5.

Indy is not a difficult track on which to gather streaks, but Daytona is a different story. On these two tracks combined, Hamlin has results of sixth or better in his last nine attempts dating back to the start of 2014. His only stumble was a minor one when he finished 17th in last July’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Hamlin is projected to finish in the top 10 in 2017 by Rotoworld Fantasy.
Jan 28 - 1:40 PM

Denny Hamlin has scored 60 top-10s in the past three years, which puts him fifth on this chart.

More than half of those attempts wound up in the top five. Hamlin has 33 results of fifth or better, including six wins. Half of these victories came last year, but he was unable to win during the Chase and that ultimately dropped him out of contention for the Cup.
Jan 18 - 1:22 PM

His contract does not expire until the end of the season, but Denny Hamlin expects to renew with Joe Gibbs Racing, according to

"I’m coming off, statistically, a great season for myself. I’ve got a great crew chief," Hamlin said. JGR was perhaps the hottest organization in the field last year and Hamlin’s principle competition came from his teammates most weeks. Fantasy owners can expect that momentum to continue.
Jan 2 - 11:53 AM

Denny Hamlin had an average finish of 11.75, which was the fifth best among all drivers last year.

Unfortunately, Hamlin had one of the best average starts as well with a 6.25 and that meant that he typically lost place-differential points to the tune of more than five per race. Hamlin finished worse than he started in two-thirds of his attempts and that ate into fantasy owner’s profits.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 07:11:00 PM

Denny Hamlin ended the 2016 season with a five-race streak of top-10s after finishing ninth in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

That streak included the totality of the third round, but his last two efforts at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway were outside the top five. Tonight’s finish of ninth fit into that same range, which made him a good value only in games in which he was rightly priced.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:48:00 PM

Denny Hamlin finished seventh in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and had the third-most points during the third round of the Chase, but his 4,107 markers were six short of advancing to Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the Cup.

Everyone is focused on how strong the final four are, but lost in the hype is the fact that several solid racers will not be part of the championship. Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Larson could each vie for the win next week and if they run in the top five, they will change the complexion of the playoffs.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 07:56:00 PM

Denny Hamlin missed 15 minutes of the first practice session when the team made a late decision to work on qualification trim instead of race trim.

Hamlin jumped to the top of the speed chart at the time with a lap of 137.336 mph (and has since been overtaken). Pit road selection is important at Phoenix International Raceway and Hamlin has to finish at least in the top five in order to advance to the finale with a chance at winning the Cup.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 01:58:00 PM

Denny Hamlin has scored three top-10s, of which two were top-fives, in his last four Phoenix International Raceway attempts.

Hamlin is one of four drivers on the bubble to advance to the Chase finale at Homestead and every position on the track will be critical. Only two drivers can advance on points and that drops to one if a Chase contender other than Jimmie Johnson or Carl Edwards visits Victory Lane. There is a strong likelihood that even a top-five might not be enough to advance and that uncertainty puts a cloud over each of these racer’s handicaps.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 12:23:00 PM

Denny Hamlin finished ninth in the AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hamlin struggled at Texas Motor Speedway most of the weekend, but the crew worked on the car throughout the night and salvaged a strong finish. He qualified outside the top 12 for the first time this season, and was forced to give up pit selection after a NASCAR penalty. Now he is one of four drivers within a couple of points of the bubble. If two advance to the Chase finale on points, the Phoenix International Raceway battle is going to come down to Hamlin, Joey Logano, and the other two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates. All of them run strong on the short, flat track,
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Denny Hamlin failed post-qualification inspection and was forced to give up his pit stall selection.

Hamlin was left with pit stall seven, wedged between Alex Bowman and Aric Almirola. If either of those drivers loses a lap, this will not affect him greatly, but the No. 88 will almost certainly remain in contention until the end. Hamlin qualified only 17th and had the 18th-fastest time in final practice, so it is unlikely he will be able to overcome this deficit with a top-five finish.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 02:59:00 PM

Denny Hamlin has been struggling on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks since this race last year.

In the 2015 edition of the AAA Texas 500 he had a fuel problem that caused him to finish 38th. Since then, he has scored only two top-10s with an average of 19.2 despite qualifying in the top 10 in all but one race. That means he has not only earned minimal markers, but also cost differential points.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 05:29:00 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

This was the 10th top-three finish for Hamlin at Martinsville in 22 starts and the 17th time that he has finished in the top 10. Given time, Hamlin is going to have numbers that match Jimmie Johnson.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 05:09:00 PM