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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 held off Kyle Larson to win his first race of the season in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and virtually punch his ticket to the playoffs.
Hamlin finally found Victory Lane in week 19 of the NASCAR season. More impressively, he was wheeling a backup after wrecking his primary in practice. That makes him the 11th driver to qualify for the playoffs on a win and it takes one more position away from those hoping to get into the finals on points. This is the first win by Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017. Jul 16 - 6:31 PM

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Denny Hamlin posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a speed of 130.047 mph during his laps 12 through 21.

During his career, Hamlin has been a flat track master, but he has fallen off in recent years and become a little less consistent. He should still be considered a favorite when he practices and qualifies well. He lines up ninth on the grid.
Jul 14 - 6:58 PM

For the third time in the past four weeks, Denny Hamlin finished fourth in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race—this time at Kentucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400.

Hamlin finished fourth at Michigan International Speedway and Sonoma Raceway before drawing 24th in the finishing order at Daytona International Speedway last week. He was fifth in the most recent similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which indicates this team is turning a major corner.
Jul 8 - 11:14 PM

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, which was his third consecutive top-five on a road course

This is a huge reversal of fortune for the Virginia native. The six seasons preceding last year netted no top-10s on this track type and only two top-20s with an average of 29.17.
Jun 25 - 6:27 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway with a speed of 94.068 mph.

Hamlin found something last year with a first and second-place finish on the road courses and apparently that has persisted into 2017.
Jun 23 - 4:57 PM

Denny Hamlin came within one lap of sweeping Victory Lane on road courses last year. He got stuck in the wall by Tony Stewart on the final lap at Sonoma Raceway before finishing second. He won Watkins Glen International.

Before one gets too excited about his odds this week, you should know that was the first time in seasons that he cracked the top 15. His previous 12 road course races averaged out to a 29.17 finish.
Jun 23 - 2:46 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing had all four of their drivers in contention for a good finish Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in the FireKeepers Casino 400, but it was Denny Hamlin who recorded their single top-five with a fourth.

Hamlin had a shot at victory in the closing laps, but he got loose while battling Kyle Larson on the final restart. He fell into the clutches of Joey Logano with fresher tires and developed a tire rub that could have been catastrophic. Given those circumstances, scoring a fourth was encouraging.
Jun 18 - 6:44 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota), driving the No. 20 Hisense Toyota, won the Irish Hills 250, his 16th victory in 158 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his first victory and second top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). William Byron (second), the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender, posted his first top-10 finish at MIS and seventh top-10 finish in 2017. Elliott Sadler (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at MIS. Sadler leads the NXS point standings by 21 points over Justin Allgaier (finished 16th).
Jun 17 - 4:50 PM

Denny Hamlin finished eighth in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism, which was his third consecutive top-10 at Dover International Speedway.

That marks the first time in his career that Hamlin has scored three straight top-10s on this track. He is typically better on flatter courses. Hamlin also had to overcome a pit road penalty early in the event to reestablish himself at the front of the pack, which makes this accomplishment even more notable.
Jun 4 - 7:08 PM

Denny Hamlin finished fifth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to give Joe Gibbs Racing three cars inside the top five.

It may be a little too soon to start saying that this organization has put all of their problems behind them, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Pocono Raceway in two weeks will be another big test because that is a track on which Hamlin is supposed to dominate; if he does not, then fantasy owners will want to be cautious once more.
May 29 - 1:24 AM

Denny Hamlin won the 2015 All-star race, which was his third top-five in 11 starts.

His other two strong showings came in 2009 and 2010, so it is a good bet he will finish somewhere outside that mark Saturday night. Hamlin qualified ninth for the exhibition race.
May 20 - 6:35 PM

Denny Hamlin won the 2015 All-Star race after starting on the pole and hopes to defend this year.

Hamlin qualified ninth for the 2017 edition of this classic exhibition. Last year, he finished ninth after starting 12th, so there is no clear pattern to his efforts.
May 20 - 2:01 PM

The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had an unsecured lug nut in a post-race check Sunday at Richmond International Raceway.

Crew chief Mike Wheeler was handed a $10,000 fine after one lug nut was found to be improperly secured. The infraction was noted after driver Denny Hamlin recorded a season-best third-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400.-NASCAR.com
May 4 - 12:27 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway to earn his first top-five of the 2017 season.

One has to look back to last fall and the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway to find another top-five. Notably, that is another short, flat track in the state of Virginia. One week previous, he had another top-five at Talladega, which is the site of next week’s race.
Apr 30 - 5:56 PM

Denny Hamlin finished 10th in the Food City 500 after rolling off the grid 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

That is Hamliin’s best spring finish on this track in three years, although he does have a pair of top-fives in the spring. Without any problems this summer, he should be able to sweep the top 10.
Apr 24 - 6:36 PM