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Denny Hamlin

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Denny Hamlin passed Tony Stewart on the final lap, but could not hang on through the final corner. He over drove Turn 11 and was passed by Tony Stewart within sight of the checkers, but he matched his career-best road course effort. Hamlin finished second at Watkins Glen International in 2007; he matched that with a second in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Hamlin was highly undervalued because he had not finished in the top 10 on this track type since 2009. His faithful fans were likely the only ones who benefited from his run and he will be on fantasy owners’ radar screens in August. It is difficult to predict lightning will strike twice, though. Jun 26 - 6:26 PM

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Denny Hamlin is the only driver to make the final round in every qualification session of 2016. He will start the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway from the fourth-place position.

At Auto Club Speedway earlier this season, he started one position better in third and finished in that same position. He rolled off the Coke 600 grid fourth two weeks ago and finished fourth in that race. The numbers favor another top-five.
Jun 10 - 5:45 PM

Denny Hamlin has a worst finish of 11th in his last three Michigan starts. His best result came last Summer in the Pure Michigan 400 when he finished fifth after starting on the outside pole.

Michigan seems to be one of those tracks organizations take in spells. At various times this course has been ruled by Roger Penske, Roush-Fenway Racing, and Hendrick Motorsports. For the moment, Joe Gibbs Racing has consistently been the team to beat on similarly-configured, 1.5- and two-mile tracks.
Jun 9 - 12:42 AM

Denny Hamlin finished the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the fourth-position after starting the day on the outside of the second row—in fourth.

After the race, Hamlin said they had a fourth-place car and he was happy to have finished there. This team and driver have made several mistakes in the pits that cost them a shot at a top-10, so his fantasy owners concurred.
May 29 - 10:26 PM

Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin (#11 Toyota Camry) won the Hisense 300, his 15th victory in 154 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is the #18 Hisense USA Toyota Camry driver's first NXS victory and first top-10 finish in 2016. It is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 11 NXS races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). Austin Dillon (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven NXS races at CMS. Joey Logano (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 NXS races at CMS. Brandon Jones (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie. Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 14 points over Elliott Sadler.
May 28 - 8:10 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the third-best time in Saturday’s practice for the All-star race with a speed of 191.904 mph. he was 0.018 seconds slower than Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski—who tied for the top of the board.

Hamlin tends to do well in exhibition races with nothing on the line. He should be considered one of the favorites to win the big show Saturday night.
May 21 - 11:13 AM

Denny Hamlin tried to get off sequence in his pit stops for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway and that nearly cost him a shot at a top-10. He lost two laps to the leaders making a green flag stop, but ironically that was his salvation. He earned a "Free Pass" with 50 laps remaining and was deep in the field when an 18-car accident on a restart thinned the herd. Hamlin surged to seventh in the closing laps.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been solid all season and Hamlin has been with the lead pack most afternoons. Mistakes in the pits and unsuccessful gambles have cost him often, however; and when he loses points, so do his fantasy owners.
May 15 - 8:32 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 157.329 mph. His top speed was set early on fresh tires, with speed falling off significantly as the track heated up.

Hamlin still needs to be approached with caution. He has finished worse than he started in 75 percent of his Dover starts and rolls off the grid sixth this week.
May 14 - 1:32 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest speed before Danica Patrick’s accident with a lap of 162.881 mph.

Rain is in the forecast and there is speedy dry on the track, so getting a clean lap before the incident could be critical if this session sets the lineup.
May 13 - 11:53 AM

Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Toyota in front of the home state crowd despite the team making yet another mistake in the pits. During a pit stop on lap 158, the team lost control of a tire, which sent Hamlin to the tail end of the longest line on that restart.

At the time, there were 18 cars on the lead lap, but Hamlin also had to start behind the lap-down cars. If the Joe Gibbs Racing can stop making mistakes like this, they will be even more dominant in future races.
Apr 24 - 6:58 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap of practice in the final session before the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed was 129.129 mph, which beat second-place Chase Elliott by 0.037 seconds.

Hamlin was leading a contingent of Joe Gibbs Racers until Elliott popped into the top five at the end of the session. This kind of consistency across and organization is important to help handicappers pick a favorite.
Apr 16 - 12:01 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed was 128.666 mph, which was 0.031 seconds faster than Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin has three poles in the last five races on this track including last fall’s. He finished third in that race, was sixth in spring 2014 after leading the field to green and was 28th the previous fall from the pole.
Apr 15 - 12:36 PM

Denny Hamlin finished 12th in the race Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and finished strong enough to maintain his eighth-place position in the points.

That was only his fourth top-10 in the first seven races of the season. In order to become fantasy relevant, he is going to get rid of all the peaks and valleys.
Apr 10 - 11:39 AM

Denny Hamlin made a rare mistake at Martinsville Speedway and wheel hopped just before the halfway mark of the STP 500. He slammed the wall hard and failed to finish the race. He will be credited with 39th.

Hamlin was a favorite to win the race and as one of the most popular picks, he did not hurt fantasy owners in leagues in which the competition played by the numbers. Fantasy owners battling mavericks lost ground, however.
Apr 3 - 4:05 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the second-fastest single lap in the first practice session for the STP 500. His top speed was 97.108 mph.

Hamlin is one on the short, flat track masters and should be expected to race with the leaders all day on Sunday. He does need to improve in qualification, however, since he rolled off the grid 15th and 10th last year.
Apr 1 - 1:06 PM