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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 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. Nov 20 - 10:48 PM

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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.
Nov 13 - 7:56 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.
Nov 11 - 1:58 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.
Nov 8 - 12:23 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,
Nov 6 - 11:58 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.
Nov 5 - 2:59 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.
Nov 3 - 5:29 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.
Oct 30 - 5:09 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap among Chase contenders in Friday’s practice session for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

His top speed was 98.058, which was .022 seconds slower than Kyle Larson. Joey Logano was also in the top five, but half of the Chasers landed outside the top 10. This could be a separation race among the eight playoff contenders and Hamlin is poised to make up some ground.
Oct 28 - 12:32 PM

Denny Hamlin finished 39th this spring in the STP 500, which is one of only four sub-15th-place finishes for him at Martinsville Speedway and his career-worst result on this track.

Hamlin has long been considered a master of Martinsville, but his reputation was tarnished a bit by five results outside the top five from 2012 through 2014. He rebounded in 2015 with his fifth career victory on this track and a third in the fall. He should be able to rebound into the top five again this week in the Goody's Fast Relief 500.
Oct 27 - 12:17 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway by a bumper width and advanced to the third round of the Chase based on a tiebreaker.

Hamlin had an adventurous final frontstretch. He was uncertain which line to block, almost bumped into Kevin Harvick as a result, and surged in the final few feet to finish .006 seconds—about the width of a bumper—ahead of Kurt Busch. Hamlin tied in points with Austin Dillon and the tiebreaker was the best finish in the current round. Hamlin’s third-place finish this week was the best result of these two racers.
Oct 23 - 6:08 PM

Since last year’s edition of the Alabama 500, Denny Hamlin’s restrictor-plate, superspeedway results have been a mixed bag of results ranging from first to 37th.

Hamlin won the Daytona 500 and then went to Talladega SuperSpeedway to finish 31st. Last fall, he was 37th in the CampingWorld.com 500, and his Coke Zero 400 effort this July was 17th—smack dab in the middle. Prior to last fall’s ‘Dega race, he had six top-10s on plate tracks in seven starts.
Oct 20 - 1:35 PM

Denny Hamlin was one of only two drivers in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 who recorded 10 or more consecutive laps; he was the quickest at 186.256 mph.

Hamlin’s quick time was set during his third through 12th laps in the session. After experiencing an engine failure last week, he needs to finish among the top five at least at Kansas. Casey Mears was the other driver to post 10 or more laps with an average of 185.041.
Oct 14 - 5:45 PM

Denny Hamlin has failed to complete the scheduled distance in his last two Cup races.

Hamlin could be forgiven for losing a lap at Dover as only six drivers finished on the lead lap. Last week, a blown engine kept him from going the distance, but his failure to complete the races is significant because he had 13 consecutive complete races prior to that. Hamlin has also finished worse than he started in his last four attempts, which has cost place differential points.
Oct 14 - 11:24 AM

Denny Hamlin has finished worse than he started in seven of the past eight races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks since last fall. In one other event, he finished exactly where he started.

The race in which he finished what he started was this May’s Coke 600. He qualified fourth and finished fourth in that event. His most recent effort at Chicagoland was also respectable with a sixth-place finish from his third-place start.
Oct 7 - 9:38 PM