By finishing fourth in the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin extended his top-10 streak to three consecutive races on this track. He finished second in last year’s 500 and was sixth in the Coke Zero 400.
Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session before the Daytona 500. His top speed was 202.106 mph.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin had their qualification times disallowed by NASCAR and will start their respective Gatorade Duels from the back of the pack. Earnhardt failed to meet the minimum ride height on the left front. Hamlin’s penalty was incurred because of an improper split on his track bar.
Before an accident claimed five cars in Group 1A, Denny Hamlin posted the fastest lap in group qualification with a speed of 199.840 mph. He was joined in the top five by JJ Yeley with the third-fastest speed. Yeley also sustained significant damage in the wreck.
Denny Hamlin won the first Sprint Unlimited that he qualified for in 2006, which was called the Budweiser Shootout back then. It took eight years, but he final added another victory in the 2014 edition of this race.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today crew chief assignments for each of its four 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Denny Hamlin spent more than 250 of 267 laps among the top five at Homestead in the Ford EcoBoost 400, but he got a bad restart on old tires with three to go and slipped to seventh in the final rundown.
Denny Hamlin posted the second fastest speed in time trials among the Chase contenders. His lap of 179.348 mph will line the No. 11 up eighth.
Denny Hamlin entered the Quicken Loans 500k as the co-points’ leader and needed only to finish 11th or better to advance to the Chase. After winning the pole he led early, which meant he had to finish only 12th or better. Hamlin overcame a lost lap during the middle stages of the race and drove to fifth in the final laps. He will advance to the Final Four.
Denny Hamlin posted a speed of 142.113 mph in the second and final round of qualification. He will lead the field to green and is in the best spot to earn a bonus point for leading the first lap.
If Denny Hamlin finishes 11th or better at Phoenix, he will advance to the final round of the championship. His last four attempts on unrestricted speedways this have all been 10th or better.
Statistically, Texas Motor Speedway is one of Denny Hamlin’s best tracks, but he earned only one top-10 there in his last six races. He finished 10th in the AAA Texas 500 to add another to his total.
In terms of average finishes, Texas is Denny Hamlin’s fifth-best track, but fantasy owners might be a little concerned about his 20th-place start. That is Hamlin’s worst qualification effort in his past five races.
Denny Hamlin spent most of the Goody's 500 contending for the lead, but he faded in the closing laps. Despite earning the best average running position of the afternoon (4.90), he finished eighth.