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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Denny Hamlin finished sixth in this spring’s Food City 500 at Bristol and that has been the highlight of his short track season. Since then he finished 19th at Martinsville and 22nd at Richmond.
Traditionally Hamlin has been much stronger on the short, flat tracks so this trend is disconcerting. But he also has earned top-10s in his last five oval races this season so his momentum seems to have shifted. Aug 21 - 1:41 PM

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Denny Hamlin is surging at the right time. He finished seventh in the Pure Michigan 400, which is his fifth top-10 in the last six races.

Only one of these was a top-five, but his early-season struggles have kept his salary cap low and make top-10s valuable. Equally important, his third-place finish on the flat Indianapolis Motor Speedway suggests he is returning to top form on a track type that has been kind to him in the past.
Aug 17 - 6:15 PM

Denny Hamlin posted five consecutive top-10s at Michigan International Speedway from 2009 through 2011. Two of those races ended in Victory Lane and another two were top-three finishes. Unfortunately he has not scored a top-10 on this track since then.

Hamlin came close once in fall 2012 with an 11th-place finish, but that is not enough to raise his average in that span to better than 26th. He should be watched closely, but fantasy owners may find him too risky to start.
Aug 15 - 9:19 AM

Denny Hamlin was running 13th when he spun in the closing laps of the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He managed to salvage a lead lap finish, but faded to 24th.

That snapped a current four-race, top-10 streak dating back to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Fantasy owners will need to watch him closely at Michigan to see if it also stalled his momentum.
Aug 10 - 10:22 PM

On Thursday afternoon, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that they would would not be appealing the penalties levied against Denny Hamlin, crew chief Darian Grubb and the No. 11 FedEx team for infractions found in postrace inspection after the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway weeks ago.

NASCAR docked Hamlin 75 points, crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill were suspended six races each and placed on probation for the next six months. Grubb was also fined $125,000, car owner J.D. Gibbs lost 75 championship owners points after NASCAR found issues with the rear firewall block off plates on Hamlin’s No. 11 that finished third behind race winner Jeff Gordon and Hamlin’s Gibbs teammate Kyle Busch.
Aug 8 - 11:58 AM

Denny Hamlin earned six top-10s in seven road course races from 2006 through 2009. Unfortunately, he has not scored another in nine races since then.

Road course racing is about rhythm through the corners and Hamlin lost his. Since the start of 2010 his best result on the twisty tracks was a 19th and his average finish is a disappointing 31.2. Fantasy owners should leave him in the garage this week.
Aug 8 - 9:43 AM

Denny Hamlin swept the top 10 at Pocono for the first time since 2010 with his ninth-place finish in the GoBowling.com 400. He finished fourth in the Pocono 400 this June.

His ninth-place finish this week extended a streak of flat track top-10s to four consecutive races. His fourth in Pocono this June was followed by an eighth at New Hampshire and a third in the Crown Royal 400 at Indy.
Aug 3 - 5:43 PM

If recent seasons are any indication, Denny Hamlin could struggle this week at Pocono. His latest three Pennsylvania 400 finishes were all 15th or worse. His most recent three Pocono 400s—the traditional name for the June race—ended in results of eighth or better.

Hamlin has been great on this track in the past, however, and he seems to have regained his flat track mojo with top-10s at New Hampshire and Indy. He should be considered a favorite to break that trend and score another top-10.
Aug 1 - 6:19 PM

The No. 11 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan). As a result of these violations, crew chief Darian Grubb has been fined $75,000 plus an additional $50,000 post-race fine for a total of $125,000. Grubb has also been suspended from NASCAR for the next six series championship events, plus any non-championship races or special events that might occur during that time period. Grubb will also be on NASCAR probation for the next six months. Car chief Wesley Sherrill has been suspended from NASCAR for the next six series championship events, plus any non-championship races or special events that might occur during that time period and will be on NASCAR probation for the next six months. This infracti
Jul 29 - 8:21 PM

After finishing third in Sunday’s Brickyard 400, NASCAR has confiscated parts from Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota. The parts affected were rear firewall block-off plates.

Penalties—if any are levied—will not be revealed until later in the week. NASCAR typically allows drivers to keep their finishing position and then deducts points and earnings. Hamlin has one victory and is high enough in the standings that any penalty is unlikely to impact his Chase hopes.
Jul 27 - 7:31 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Brickyard 400 in what turned out to be a roller coaster race for the No. 11 team. Hamlin tried to execute an alternative strategy but cautions did not fall appropriately to give him the win.

Hamlin has long been considered one of the greatest drivers of all time on minimally-banked courses, but his results have fallen off since last year’s back injury. His third-place finish is also the third consecutive flat track race in which he finished in the top 10. Notably a fourth-place finish at Pocono started this streak and that is next week’s venue, so Hamlin should remain on fantasy owners’ radar screens.
Jul 27 - 4:59 PM

After struggling at the beginning of the season, Denny Hamlin is regaining his strength on flat tracks. He finished fourth at Pocono and was eighth last week in New Hampshire.

Hamlin’s eighth at New Hampshire was only part of the story. He spent more time among the top five than any driver except Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, which provided him with one of the most dominant performances on a flat track since his return from injury last year. Fantasy owners can once again have confidence in starting the No. 11 on this track type.
Jul 22 - 6:23 PM

Denny Hamlin is one of only two drivers who have a current top-10 streak to his credit following the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. He finished eighth in that race and was sixth in the Coke Zero 400.

The restrictor-plate, superspeedway race at Daytona was a streak killer and fuel mileage strategies in New Hampshire kept other drivers from regaining momentum. In the final regular season races, this little burst of speed could be beneficial to Hamlin.
Jul 18 - 10:45 AM

Denny Hamlin salvaged an eighth-place finish at New Hampshire after first failing to capitalize on a risky fuel-mileage strategy and quickly reversing his approach.

That was Hamlin’s second top-10 on a flat track out of the seven total he has scored this season and it suggests he may be getting his mojo back on this course type. He ran with the leaders most of the day and made the right call at the end, but fantasy owners may still be a little skeptical since three of the five flat track races this year ended with him outside of the top 10 including very disappointing runs at Martinsville and Phoenix—two tracks he previously dominated.
Jul 16 - 10:48 AM

Denny Hamlin finished eighth at New Hampshire after running second in the closing laps of the Camping World RV Sales 301, but his fortune could have been much worse without a great call regarding fuel mileage.

Hamlin was one of several drivers attempting to implement a fuel mileage strategy in Sunday’s race, but when a late-race caution for an accident involving Justin Allgaier sent the Camping World RV Sales 301 into overtime, he quickly reversed his strategy and pitted for fuel. He restarted outside the top 15 and climbed to eighth in the final three laps, salvaging much-needed points for his fantasy owners. More importantly, he seemed to have regained some of the short, flat track magic he lost earlier this year.
Jul 13 - 6:55 PM