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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 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

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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 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

Denny Hamlin finished ninth in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway to earn his 10th top-10 in the past 11 races.

Hamlin fell to 15th last week at New Hampshire, snapping a nine-race top-10 streak. Even with that minor stumble, he has 12 consecutive top-15s heading to a pair of tracks that have been incredibly kind to Joe Gibbs Racing. The Toyotas have been solid on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year.
Oct 2 - 7:00 PM

Denny Hamlin finished seventh this spring at Dover International Speedway, but his record on this track has been much less consistent in the last six seasons.

Hamlin’s seventh-place finish is only the third time in 11 races that he scored a top-10 on this track. His best effort in that span was a fifth in 2014 and he has not shown enough strength this week to get him on many rosters.
Oct 1 - 6:39 PM

Denny Hamlin finished 15th in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire, which was the first time in nine races that he failed to crack the top 10.

Hamlin now has a current 12-race streak of top-15s and a 19-point advantage over the bubble. This was actually a good time for him to break the streak because it gives him ample time to recover and keep advancing through the Chase.
Sep 29 - 5:44 PM

Denny Hamlin qualified fifth for the Bad Boy Off Road 300, which was the 26th consecutive top-10 start for this driver. This is a feat that has not been accomplished in the NASCAR Cup series in more than 25 years. It was reported in NBC’s Friday race coverage that Benny Parsons was the latest driver to perform this well in the final 26 races of 1980.

Parsons finished third in the points that season and won the finale in Ontario, Calif. Hamlin’s strong starts have been a big part of the reason he has scored so many top-10s this year. Hamlin should be able to hang on for at least one more week.
Sep 24 - 9:37 AM

Denny Hamlin thought he had an engine problem midway through the race, saying that its tone had changed. The problem stayed at bay and the No. 11 crossed under the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 checkers sixth at Chicagoland Speedway after starting third.

Hamlin slipped one position in the points, but remains solidly among the top 12 in fourth. This extends his current, top-10 streak to nine consecutive races. He remains one of the top values in all fantasy games.
Sep 18 - 8:13 PM

Denny Hamlin finished the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway the way he started it: in first. He led 189 of 400 laps and held off a determined charge by Kyle Larson in the closing laps to score his 29th career NASCAR Cup victory.

Brad Keselowski was the most recent driver to win at Richmond from the pole; he accomplished that feat in fall 2014. Hamlin’s win kept Kasey Kahne or any other unique winner from visiting Victory Lane to change the cutline for making the Chase, but most importantly for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team, he added three bonus points to his total. He will be seeded third behind Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. This was Hamlin’s eighth consecutive top-10 this year.
Sep 10 - 11:48 PM

Denny Hamlin posted a lap of 122.344 mph at Richmond International Raceway to win the pole for Federated Auto Parts 400. This short, flat track is one of his best courses.

Hamlin had the right strategy. He went out early in the second round and had the coolest tires when the final round came along. In this 400-mile affair, he should lead laps early and score major fantasy points.
Sep 9 - 6:49 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top-five spots in final practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with their four drivers leading the session and affiliate Martin Truex Jr. posting the fifth-best time. Carl Edwards had the best 10-lap average of 116.652 mph, Matt Kenseth was 116.607, Denny Hamlin 116.580, Kyle Busch 116.575, and Truex 116.514.

The lesson is pretty clear. The Gibb’s guys are going to dominate most of the Richmond race and are likely to fail to sweep the top 10 only if they sustain damage of make a mistake in the pits.
Sep 9 - 5:59 PM

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the Bojangles' Southern 500, which was his seventh consecutive top-10 in 2016. His current streak began at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a ninth. This was Hamlin’s fifth top five in his last seven Darlington starts; he also has a sixth in that span.

Hamlin’s average finish in these seven races is 5.3. Most importantly, this streak encompasses pretty much every track type on which NASCAR competes. Hamlin may be peaking too early to make a run at the championship, but he is earning a lot of fantasy points.
Sep 4 - 10:49 PM

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota Camry) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington (SC) Raceway.

He ran a fast lap of 172.644 mph driving the No. 18 Sports Clips Toyota. No. 42 Kyle Larson, No. 1 Elliott Sadler, No. 10 Erik Jones and No. 3 Ty Dillon round out the top-five of the 49 cars out on the track. The No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by John Jackson was the slowest in the final practice session. Hamlin also had a 10-lap average speed of 166.767 mph. This was the best of the 13 cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in this session.
Sep 3 - 12:00 PM