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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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For quite some time, Denny Hamlin was crash-prone on plate tracks, but he has been trending up in the last couple of years. Six of his 13 career top-10s on this track type have come in his last eight attempts. His one and only victory on this track type came at Talladega in May 2014.
Hamlin’s average finish during the past eight races has been a solid 10.0, which is considerably better than his career average of 18.68. Fantasy owners will want to ride that momentum. Feb 10 - 4:21 PM

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Sport Clips Racing is excited to enter its eighth season (2016) as a partner with Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Denny Hamlin.

Denny Hamlin enters his 11th full season with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016 behind the wheel of the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016, following an incredible 2015 season that left him contending in his ninth-career Chase for the Sprint Cup. Hamlin concluded his 2015 season with two victories, including his fifth-career victory at Martinsville Speedway and the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway, along with fourteen top fives, 20 top tens, three pole awards and 529 total laps led. Hamlin also scored Sport Clips their first-career NASCAR victory at Darlington Raceway in the XFINITY Series behind the wheel of the No. 20 Sport Clips Retro Camry in 2015.-Sport Clips Racing
Jan 28 - 8:52 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today its crew chief lineup for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Chris Gayle will return for his fourth XFINITY Series season as a crew chief at JGR and lead the No. 18 Toyota Camry team with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and others. Sponsorship announcements for the teams will be made at a later date.
Jan 8 - 11:27 PM

Denny Hamlin’s team was credited with having the best pit crew, based on a vote among fellow crew members at Kurt Busch received those honors when crew chiefs were polled, however. In either case, it is difficult to argue that the No. 11 and 41 teams consistently produced when it was crunch time.

Races are won and lost in the pits. Hamlin and Busch would most like not have qualified for the Chase if not for the solid work of their crew.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin will have new crew chiefs next year, according to NBC’s Daniel McFadin. Edwards will work with Dave Rogers with Mike Wheeler returning to Hamlin’s team.

Rogers moves from Hamlin’s team last year and previously worked with Kyle Busch. He has 15 Sprint Cup victories to his credit. Wheeler moves from the No. 20 XFINITY team where he worked with Hamlin in many races. Chemistry is tricky between crew chiefs and drivers, so watch both Edwards and Hamlin closely at the start of the season.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 06:35:00 PM

According to, Darian Grubb will no longer oversee the No. 19 Arris/Stanley Tools Toyota driven by Carl Edwards.

Dave Rogers, who is currently crew chief for the No. 11 Fed Ex team and Denny Hamlin, is expected to move into the role. With Rogers taking over the No. 19 team, Mike Wheeler is expected to be named crew chief of the No. 11 crew and Hamlin. "Wheels" was Hamlin’s race engineer on the No. 11 team and even filled in for Grubb for one event before he was promoted to crew chief of the No. 20 XFINITY Series team at Joe Gibbs Racing. Grubbs' future with the JGR organization has yet to be
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 04:32:00 PM

A strong surge at the end of the regular season and beginning of the Chase was marred by an accident at Talladega SuperSpeedway and fuel pickup problems at Texas Motor Speedway. Otherwise, from mid-August until November, Hamlin finished sixth or better in nine of 11 races.

The Talladega accident ultimately kept him out of the Championship Four. As greatly as expectations were raised, back-to-back results outside the top five in the final two races actually made him a questionable fantasy value, however. He finished eighth at Phoenix International Raceway and 10th at Homestead-Miami Speedway after leading the field to green from the pole.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Jeb Burton incurred the most speeding penalties in 2015, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. He was nabbed for speeding eight times. Denny Hamlin was the second most penalized driver in that regard with seven speeding penalties.

Michael Annett, Greg Biffle, and Paul Menard came close to matching their top list of speeders with six penalties apiece. Depending on when the penalty occurs, mistakes like this can cause a driver to lose valuable positions and penalties have to be part of the handicapping procedure.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, had successful surgery on his right knee this afternoon.

Hamlin, who tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament while playing basketball in early September, is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2016 NASCAR season in February at Daytona International Speedway. The surgery was previously scheduled and was done by OrthoCarolina's Dr. Patrick Connor. The injury did not force Hamlin to miss time, and he finished ninth overall in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 08:55:00 PM

Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry) finished 10th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started on the pole and completed all laps of the 267-lap event. Hamlin, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored two wins (Martinsville on March 29th and Chicagoland on September 20th), three poles, 14 top-fives, 20 top-10s and closed out the season ninth in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Denny Hamlin had a Wiggins clamp fail on his Toyota early in the race, which allowed gear oil to escape. He spent three laps in the garage making repairs, but a rash of early cautions put him back on the lead lap and allowed him to finish 10th in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

As great a performance as that was, it was the first time in his career that Hamlin failed to finish better than he started at Homestead. He led the field to green from the pole and lost nine place-differential points in games that offer them.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Denny Hamlin posted a lap of 176.655 mph and will start the Ford EcoBoost 400 from the pole on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This is Hamlin’s first pole at Homestead, but his third top-10 start in consecutive races. In his 12 previous starts he finished better than he started each time. He will not be able to keep that streak alive, but he would settle for finishing where he starts.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:13:00 PM

Denny Hamlin’s short, flat track mojo is returning in 2015. He finished eighth in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, which is his fourth straight top-10 on this track type.

In his latest attempts Hamlin finished sixth at Richmond International Raceway, second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and third at Martinsville Speedway. These results along with his Phoenix success will factor heavily into this 2016 handicaps.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 09:51:00 AM

Denny Hamlin completed a sweep of the top five at Martinsville Speedway with a third-place finish in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. It came on the heels of his victory this spring in the STP 500.

Martinsville has traditionally been one of Hamlin’s best tracks, but in recent seasons he has struggled on short, flat courses. He seems to have righted his course and that makes him a good value two weeks from now at Phoenix International Raceway.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 05:54:00 PM

A broken escape hatch derailed Denny Hamlin’s effort to advance to the next round of the Chase. He unofficially finished four laps off the pace in 37th and dropped from second in the points’ to 10th in the standings.

"For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost" is an old proverb detailing how a dropped horseshoe nail impacted a battle. It was never more apt than what Hamlin experienced.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 06:41:00 PM