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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 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

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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

Denny Hamlin finished ninth in the Pure Michigan 400. This is his sixth consecutive top-10 this season—a streak that started with another ninth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

During this streak none of Hamlin’s results have been a huge surprise with the exception of his Watkins Glen International victory. The next two races on the schedule will be held at two of his better courses. Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway contribute to his streak.
Aug 28 - 7:16 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Pure Michigan 400 with a speed of 197.878 mph.

Hamlin qualified third so there was not much concern about his overall speed. However, he was only 11th-fast in practice one and 17th in the second session.
Aug 27 - 12:18 PM

With 34 minutes remaining in final practice for the Pure Michigan 400, Denny Hamlin spun off turn four and damaged his Toyota slightly in the grass. He will probably not need to go to a backup.

Hamlin had the fastest single lap in this practice session with a speed of 197.878 mph. The new low down force package is going to play havoc with drivers in race trim and this was a great example of why.
Aug 27 - 11:52 AM

Denny Hamlin finished third in last year’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol after starting from the pole. This year, he started on the outside pole for this same race, but finished in precisely the same position.

Like runner-up finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Hamlin had to overcome adversity on Sunday. He was caught speeding on pit road and later had a loose wheel. He lost two laps, but made them up on his way to the front. He might not be the top pick next spring, however, because his last two Food City 500s ended in the 20s,
Aug 21 - 8:26 PM

Denny Hamlin qualified on the outside pole for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway with a lap of 131.200 mph, which was 0.023 seconds slower than his teammate Carl Edwards. Fellow Joe Gibbs Racer Kyle Busch qualified third.

This organization has been almost unstoppable this season. Any roster that does not have at least one of Gibbs’ guys on it is unlikely to win.
Aug 19 - 7:07 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the quickest 10-lap average in Bristol Motor Speedway’s first practice session for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. His speed was 126.740 mph from lap 61 through 70.

Hamlin also had the second-fastest lap, which gives this team a good balance of speed and durability. Hamlin finished third in this race last year after leading the field to green from the pole.
Aug 19 - 12:37 PM

Chris Buescher has made two previous Bristol Motor Speedway starts and has sustained crash damage in three separate incidents. He was involved in two incidents this spring, but managed to finish with a career-best 21st on this track.

Buescher is going to need a clean race in order to climb into the top 30 in points. And like this spring, if he can keep his car within sight of the leaders he should be fine. This spring, Buescher finished on the lead lap.
Aug 19 - 12:31 PM