Since last year’s edition of the Alabama 500, Denny Hamlin’s restrictor-plate, superspeedway results have been a mixed bag of results ranging from first to 37th.
Denny Hamlin was one of only two drivers in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 who recorded 10 or more consecutive laps; he was the quickest at 186.256 mph.
Denny Hamlin has failed to complete the scheduled distance in his last two Cup races.
Denny Hamlin has finished worse than he started in seven of the past eight races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks since last fall. In one other event, he finished exactly where he started.
Denny Hamlin finished ninth in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway to earn his 10th top-10 in the past 11 races.
Denny Hamlin finished seventh this spring at Dover International Speedway, but his record on this track has been much less consistent in the last six seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.