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

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Sprint Cup Series regular Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota Camry) won the ToyotaCare 250, his 12th victory in 147 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
This is the No. 20 Hisense Toyota driver's first NXS victory and third top-10 finish in 2015. It is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 NXS races at Richmond International Raceway. This victory was the 100th win for Toyota in the NXS. Hamlin started on the pole and led 248 laps of the 250 lap event. Apr 24 - 10:46 PM

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Denny Hamlin will line up on the outside of the front row next to Joey Logano for the Toyota Owners 400. It is his first front row start at Richmond since he won the pole for the 2008 Crown Royal 400.

Hamlin has two front row starts to his credit and they are both poles. His best result after starting that well was 15th in his rookie season of 2006, but on the heels of a strong Martinsville run three weeks ago he has the confidence to win a second straight Virginia race.
Apr 24 - 6:48 PM

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 21.762 seconds, 124.069 mph.

This is the No. 20 Hisense Toyota driver's 17th pole in 147 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. This is his first pole and third top-10 NXS start in 2015 and his third pole in 14 NXS races at Richmond (VA) International Raceway.
Apr 24 - 5:13 PM

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin led the only practice session for the XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

His lap of 124.850 mph in the No. 20 Hisense Toyota Camry was the quickest of the 42 cars running in this session. No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 33 Austin Dillon, No. 98 Aric Almirola and No. 54 Erik Jones are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 03 Johanna Long was the slowest. Hamlin also had a 10-lap average speed of 121.934 mph. This was the best of the 27 cars running at least 10 consecutive laps.
Apr 24 - 3:08 PM

After a lengthy rain delay, Erik Jones will replace Denny Hamlin behind the wheel of the No. 11.

Points are awarded in fantasy games to the drivers who start, but this is still important for its implications. Hamlin had a neck spasm that would keep him from running to his potential and Jones may give him a better finish than he would have earned.
Apr 19 - 6:41 PM

Sprint Cup Series regular Denny Hamlin leads the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The lap of 122.100 mph in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota was best of the 39 cars out on the track for this session. No. 2 Brian Scott, No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 20 Erik Jones and No. 33 Austin Dillon are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Mike Harmon in the No. 74 Dodge was the slowest.
Apr 17 - 2:59 PM

Denny Hamlin finished fourth at Daytona, 38th at Atlanta, fifth at Vegas, 23rd at Phoenix, and 28th at Auto Club. That erratic performance has made him difficult to place-and-hold and should be of concern to fantasy players.

Hamlin won the STP 500 at Martinsville and now his fans do not need to worry about him being a part of the 2015 Chase for the Championship. Fantasy players may have even greater concerns, however, if this leads him to experiment with risky setups.
Apr 7 - 2:04 PM

Denny Hamlin held off a determined charge by Brad Keselowski in a 35-lap shootout at the STP 500. This is Hamlin’s fifth Martinsville victory and practically guarantees a position in the Chase.

Hamlin led 91 laps in the race and seesawed into and out of the lead. It is his first win since last May at Talladega and his first on an unrestricted track since 2013.
Mar 29 - 5:15 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the Saturday morning practice session. His top speed was 97.113 mph.

Martinsville has traditionally been one of Hamlin’s best tracks and he should be strong this week, but he has struggled on short, flat tracks lately. He qualified 15th for the STP 500, which is his worst effort in his last nine Martinsville attempts.
Mar 28 - 10:59 AM

A penalty for an uncontrolled tire with only 15 scheduled laps remaining ruined what would otherwise have been a solid day for Denny Hamlin. He entered the pits on lap 185 in sixth, got back on track in third, but was dropped the tail end of the lead lap in 30th following the penalty. He was only able to recover to finish 28th in the Auto Club 400.

His average running position of 6.708 for the afternoon was the fourth-best in the field, which is why fantasy NASCAR handicapping formulas look at factors in addition to raw finishes.
Mar 23 - 11:10 AM

Denny Hamlin overcame a 42nd-place starting spot in the Daytona 500 and finished fourth. He qualified in the top five and then sustained crash damage to finish 38th at Atlanta. This week, he started outside the top 20 again and rebounded to finish fifth at Las Vegas.

Apparently the key to Hamlin’s success is to start deeper in the pack. The fourth-place result was his sixth top-10 in his last seven attempts dating back to last fall at Martinsville.
Mar 8 - 7:16 PM

Denny Hamlin has three top-10s in his last four Atlanta races. Starting fourth this weekend, he would like to make that four-for-five.

Hamlin posted the fourth-fastest time in final practice and had the quickest 10-lap average so he has a good shot at doing so. He should be considered one of the favorites this week.
Feb 28 - 4:13 PM

By finishing fourth in the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin extended his top-10 streak to three consecutive races on this track. He finished second in last year’s 500 and was sixth in the Coke Zero 400.

Hamlin also won the spring Talladega race, which made him one of the best values on the big tracks overall in 2014. However, fantasy owners should also be aware that he had a best result of 14th in seven plate races prior to that and finished 18th in the second ‘Dega duel.
Feb 22 - 6:16 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session before the Daytona 500. His top speed was 202.106 mph.

Drivers did a little drafting in this session and Hamlin likely needed the track time. He will start 42nd for Sunday’s race after his qualification time was disallowed and he failed to finish among the top 16 in his Gatorade Duel in Daytona.
Feb 21 - 12:02 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin had their qualification times disallowed by NASCAR and will start their respective Gatorade Duels from the back of the pack. Earnhardt failed to meet the minimum ride height on the left front. Hamlin’s penalty was incurred because of an improper split on his track bar.

Hamlin will not have any difficulty making the Daytona 500 since he finished third in last year’s points’ standings. With no time to fall back on, Earnhardt could be a different matter. He finished eighth in the standings and could face elimination unless he races into the big show. NASCAR takes six drivers based on points and with teammate Jeff Gordon already locked in by winning the pole, Earnhardt needs only one of the drivers ahead of him in last year’s standings to finish among the top 15 in their Duel.
Feb 17 - 9:38 AM