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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Hamlin is a flat track master, but Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been his worst venue among the minimally-banked courses. One would not know that by his Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard effort as he finished fifth.
Hamlin had to overcome a lost hood during practice and a missed setup in qualification that sent him off the grid 17th. This solid run makes him a good pick next week on the 2.5-mile, flat Pocono Raceway. Jul 26 - 10:50 PM

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Denny Hamlin lost an hour of practice when his hood flew up into his windshield in the second practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first session, but it was noted that this is not his best track. Unless he posts a quick 10-lap average, he should be avoided this week.
Jul 24 - 2:32 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.208 mph.

Hamlin is widely considered one of the best flat track racers in the field, but Indy is his worst track among the minimally-banked courses. This burst of speed puts him on players’ radar screens and he should be evaluated throughout the day.
Jul 24 - 11:15 AM

Of the six flat tracks on which NASCAR competes, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the least productive for Denny Hamlin. He has a career-average finish there of 15.3 in nine starts compared to Pocono Raceway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Richmond International Raceway where he has averages in the 11th-12th-place range. At New Hampshire he boasts a 10.7. His best flat track is Martinsville Speedway where he has an 8.3 in 19 starts.

Hamlin can still find a good finish when he gets the handle correct. Last year he finished third in the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, which matched a career-best first set in 2008. Those are his only top-fives on this track, however.
Jul 22 - 10:03 AM

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin won the Lakes Region 200, his 13th victory in 150 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.

This is the No. 20 Sun Energy 1 Toyota Camry driver's second victory and sixth top-10 NXS finish in 2015. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five NXS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin, who started on the pole, also won the 3M Lap Leader contingency award for leading the most laps (145 laps of the 200-lap event).
Jul 18 - 9:54 PM

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Lakes Region 200 with a lap of 29.069 seconds, 131.026 mph.

This is the No. 20 Sun Energy 1 Toyota Camry driver's 18th pole in 150 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. It is his second pole and fifth top-10 NXS start in 2015. This is his first pole in five NXS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jul 18 - 3:45 PM

Denny Hamlin qualified fifth for the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and that is the third consecutive race for which he will start on one of the first five spots.

Hamlin is considered one of the flat track masters, but his results have fallen off in recent years. Still, he managed to finish eighth in this race last year after starting one row closer to the front in third.
Jul 17 - 10:32 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, which is his second straight top-five. He finished third last week at Daytona International Speedway as well.

This was not only the first time all season that Hamlin finished in the top-five in back-to-back races, it is the first time in 2015 that he scored consecutive top-10s. Hamlin is widely considered a short, flat track master and he should be able to keep his streak alive next week on the minimally-banked New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Jul 11 - 11:10 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Coke Zero 400 and was then turned by Kevin Harvick as the field crossed under the checkers. Hamlin’s spin collected virtually every car on the lead lap, but not until after the results were set.

Hamlin was one of four drivers who currently have perfect records of top-10s on plate tracks this year, which makes him a solid pick for the fall Talladega SuperSpeedway race.
Jul 6 - 3:28 AM

Denny Hamlin was spun by Kevin Harvick in front of the field at the finish line and in the chain-reaction crash, Austin Dillon was launched into the catch fence on the frontstretch. He tore down the fence, destroyed his car, and ultimately landed on his lid after finishing seventh in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon climbed from the car uninjured. Safety advances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series allows drivers to race this fearlessly and contributes to some exciting finishes. The wreck started at the front of the pack and every lead lap car except the winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained damage.
Jul 6 - 2:59 AM

In the first 15 races of 2015, Denny Hamlin’s results skew slightly toward strength. He has earned six top-10s versus four results outside the top 25 and has been a factor in several races this season.

The trouble with Hamlin is that he has not yet earned back-to-back top-10s although he came close on two occasions. He backed up his Martinsville Speedway victory with an 11th at Texas and was 11th again last week at Michigan International Speedway after scoring a 10th at Pocono Raceway. Fantasy owners would prefer reliability over occasional strength.
Jun 17 - 7:13 PM

Denny Hamlin spun out of turn four about halfway through final practice for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway and blew a right front tire. The damage from the flat ripped the fender off his car.

Hamlin will not immediately roll out a backup since the damage was minimal. Hamlin qualified 13th for the race and has been somewhat erratic this season, so this could be the final straw when determining whether to start him on Sunday.
Jun 13 - 12:27 PM

Denny Hamlin has experienced both highs and lows at Michigan in recent years. He has two results of 11th or better compared to two results of 29th and worse.

Hamlin’s 2015 season has been a seesaw affair also. He has two Michigan wins and obviously knows how to get around this track, but since winning in 2011 he has only one additional top-10.
Jun 12 - 11:48 AM

Denny Hamlin is generally considered a flat track master, but he has finished outside the top 20 in two of the first three races on minimally-banked courses this year. His 10th-place finish in the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway joins his Martinsville Speedway victory as the only successes.

Fantasy owners would like to trust that this represents a turnaround for the driver, but it is too soon to tell if that will be the case. Continue to be cautious until Hamlin’s good runs outweigh his disappointing ones.
Jun 7 - 8:46 PM

Denny Hamlin spun in the final moments of round three in qualification for the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway and did not record a time. He was one of five drivers who waited too long to make a lap. Hamlin did not make contact with the wall or another car.

Hamlin will still start among the top-12 in eight, but his mistake was costly for a number of his competitors. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne failed to get on track early enough to post a time.
Jun 5 - 5:46 PM