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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 qualified and finished third last year at Auto Club Speedway, but don’t expect that to happen in 2017. His remarkable result was only the second time in 15 attempts that he earned a top-five there.
This is certainly not one of Hamlin’s better tracks and his poor finishes have been compounded by negative place-differential points. He started on the first three rows from 2011 through 2015 and fell back every time. Three of those attempts ended with results of 25th or worse, which was devastating to fantasy rosters. Mar 21 - 8:52 PM

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Denny Hamlin was forced to come from the back of the field twice in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway after suffering two tire punctures.

Hamlin qualified 19th, but he had to drop to the back of the pack to start the race after changing tires. He ran over a screw in time trials. He made his way into the top 10 before suffering a cut tire in the race at about the 2/3rds distance and had to pick his way forward again. Hamlin passed more cars than anyone in the field and salvaged a solid result.
Mar 19 - 8:18 PM

Denny Hamlin will be forced to give up his 19th-place spot on the grid and fall to the back to start the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for a tire change.

Hamlin ran over a screw sometime in qualification. NASCAR’s rules require drivers to start on the tires on which they qualify. Hamlin has occasionally struggled on this track and starting shotgun on the field is going to hurt his odds of winning or finishing in the top five. Fantasy players also should bear in mind that his place-differential will be based on his official starting position of 19th.
Mar 18 - 12:26 PM

Denny Hamlin has scored 10 top-10s in his last 12 starts on short, flat tracks.

Three off those came at Phoenix International Raceway including a third last spring. But this track has not always been one of his better courses and three of the four events preceding that mini-streak ended outside the top 15. Hamlin should be watched closely, but it will be difficult to commit to him before the weekend starts.
Mar 17 - 12:53 PM

Denny Hamlin had a seesaw race Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but when the checkers waved he crossed under them sixth in the Kobalt 400.

Hamlin never made his way into the top five and was inside the top 10 for only about 25 percent of the race. Most points are awarded at the end, however, and Hamlin’s sixth-place finish elevated him to 15th in the standings.
Mar 12 - 8:41 PM

For only the second time in his last 40 races, Denny Hamlin failed to advance to the round of 12 in qualification.

With a lap of 192.356 mph, he rolls off the grid 15th. He also missed the top 12 at Texas Motor Speedway last fall. He picked up eight spots in race trim and finished ninth.
Mar 10 - 8:28 PM

Denny Hamlin dominated qualification last year by advancing to the round of 12 every week but once. He is picking up where he left off with a 10th-place qualification effort for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Hamlin qualified only 12th for last year’s edition of this race, but he started on one of the first five rows in the next 31 races. His streak ended at Phoenix International Raceway last year with a 17th-place effort in time trials, but he rebounded and has a current three-race streak.
Mar 4 - 11:20 AM

Denny Hamlin’s victory in last year’s Daytona 500 was one of eight top-10s that he has scored in the last 12 plate races.

That streak dates back to his second-place finish in the 2014 Daytona 500 and it kicked off a string of five consecutive results of sixth or better at Daytona International Speedway. That streak was broken last July when he finished 17th after starting ninth.
Feb 24 - 10:43 AM

Denny Hamlin was penalized for a pit road infraction during the lap-25 competition caution and was forced to start at the tail-end of the longest line. He picked his way to the front in the final segment and won the second Can-Am Duel in Daytona.

Hamlin was last year’s winner of the 500 and he has quietly become one of the best drivers on this track type. He is moderately priced in most salary cap games and in the same group as Earnhardt in other contests. He makes a great differentiator.
Feb 23 - 9:55 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest lap in the second practice for the Advance Auto Parts Clash with a speed of 196.528 mph.

Hamlin led his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates as they ran in a draft by themselves. Hamlin topped Daniel Suarez, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth. These four drivers will continue to run in a group as much as possible Saturday night. That will be bad news for the competition.
Feb 17 - 7:30 PM

Denny Hamlin has the best three-year average finish at Daytona International Speedway with a mark of 5.5.

Hamlin’s average on this track is also the fourth-best on all tracks, among all drivers. He ties for that distinction with Joey Logano at Richmond International Raceway and Brad Keselowski at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin’s victory in last year’s Daytona 500 capped off a five-race, top-six streak but he finished only 17th in the Coke Zero 400.
Feb 13 - 8:48 PM

Watkins Glen International and NASCAR have revealed the segment lengths for the August road course race.

NASCAR said the breaks would come at approximately the one-quarter and halfway marks of the race. At the Glen, the first two segments will end at lap 20 and lap 40, leaving 50 laps until the end. By doing this, NASCAR has given themselves the opportunity to tweak the lengths to provide for a longer final segment that might allow for varied strategy. Denny Hamlin won in 2016 edition of this race.
Feb 7 - 12:35 PM

Denny Hamlin earned his best three-year average at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 4.0 and his best track hosting more than one race in that span is Daytona International Speedway with a 5.5.

Indy is not a difficult track on which to gather streaks, but Daytona is a different story. On these two tracks combined, Hamlin has results of sixth or better in his last nine attempts dating back to the start of 2014. His only stumble was a minor one when he finished 17th in last July’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Hamlin is projected to finish in the top 10 in 2017 by Rotoworld Fantasy.
Jan 28 - 1:40 PM

Denny Hamlin has scored 60 top-10s in the past three years, which puts him fifth on this chart.

More than half of those attempts wound up in the top five. Hamlin has 33 results of fifth or better, including six wins. Half of these victories came last year, but he was unable to win during the Chase and that ultimately dropped him out of contention for the Cup.
Jan 18 - 1:22 PM

His contract does not expire until the end of the season, but Denny Hamlin expects to renew with Joe Gibbs Racing, according to

"I’m coming off, statistically, a great season for myself. I’ve got a great crew chief," Hamlin said. JGR was perhaps the hottest organization in the field last year and Hamlin’s principle competition came from his teammates most weeks. Fantasy owners can expect that momentum to continue.
Jan 2 - 11:53 AM