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Denny Hamlin

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

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Denny Hamlin posted the third-best time in Saturday’s practice for the All-star race with a speed of 191.904 mph. he was 0.018 seconds slower than Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski—who tied for the top of the board.
Hamlin tends to do well in exhibition races with nothing on the line. He should be considered one of the favorites to win the big show Saturday night. May 21 - 11:13 AM

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Denny Hamlin tried to get off sequence in his pit stops for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway and that nearly cost him a shot at a top-10. He lost two laps to the leaders making a green flag stop, but ironically that was his salvation. He earned a "Free Pass" with 50 laps remaining and was deep in the field when an 18-car accident on a restart thinned the herd. Hamlin surged to seventh in the closing laps.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been solid all season and Hamlin has been with the lead pack most afternoons. Mistakes in the pits and unsuccessful gambles have cost him often, however; and when he loses points, so do his fantasy owners.
May 15 - 8:32 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 157.329 mph. His top speed was set early on fresh tires, with speed falling off significantly as the track heated up.

Hamlin still needs to be approached with caution. He has finished worse than he started in 75 percent of his Dover starts and rolls off the grid sixth this week.
May 14 - 1:32 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest speed before Danica Patrick’s accident with a lap of 162.881 mph.

Rain is in the forecast and there is speedy dry on the track, so getting a clean lap before the incident could be critical if this session sets the lineup.
May 13 - 11:53 AM

Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Toyota in front of the home state crowd despite the team making yet another mistake in the pits. During a pit stop on lap 158, the team lost control of a tire, which sent Hamlin to the tail end of the longest line on that restart.

At the time, there were 18 cars on the lead lap, but Hamlin also had to start behind the lap-down cars. If the Joe Gibbs Racing can stop making mistakes like this, they will be even more dominant in future races.
Apr 24 - 6:58 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap of practice in the final session before the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed was 129.129 mph, which beat second-place Chase Elliott by 0.037 seconds.

Hamlin was leading a contingent of Joe Gibbs Racers until Elliott popped into the top five at the end of the session. This kind of consistency across and organization is important to help handicappers pick a favorite.
Apr 16 - 12:01 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed was 128.666 mph, which was 0.031 seconds faster than Martin Truex Jr.

Hamlin has three poles in the last five races on this track including last fall’s. He finished third in that race, was sixth in spring 2014 after leading the field to green and was 28th the previous fall from the pole.
Apr 15 - 12:36 PM

Denny Hamlin finished 12th in the race Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and finished strong enough to maintain his eighth-place position in the points.

That was only his fourth top-10 in the first seven races of the season. In order to become fantasy relevant, he is going to get rid of all the peaks and valleys.
Apr 10 - 11:39 AM

Denny Hamlin made a rare mistake at Martinsville Speedway and wheel hopped just before the halfway mark of the STP 500. He slammed the wall hard and failed to finish the race. He will be credited with 39th.

Hamlin was a favorite to win the race and as one of the most popular picks, he did not hurt fantasy owners in leagues in which the competition played by the numbers. Fantasy owners battling mavericks lost ground, however.
Apr 3 - 4:05 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the second-fastest single lap in the first practice session for the STP 500. His top speed was 97.108 mph.

Hamlin is one on the short, flat track masters and should be expected to race with the leaders all day on Sunday. He does need to improve in qualification, however, since he rolled off the grid 15th and 10th last year.
Apr 1 - 1:06 PM

Denny Hamlin finished third last week at Phoenix International Raceway. He was third again this week. This was only his second top-10 in his last seven Auto Club Speedway attempts.

Hamlin has only one top-five in 14 career attempts on this track. Notably, that was a third in August 2008.
Mar 20 - 7:06 PM

Denny Hamlin recorded a new Auto Club Speedway track record with a lap of 188.511 mph in the second round of qualification.

Last week, Hamlin started third and finished third at Phoenix International Raceway. He has been slumping recently at Auto Club, however, and should not be automatically added to a fantasy roster unless he practices well on Saturday.
Mar 18 - 8:29 PM

Like his teammate Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin also finished what he started at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500. He qualified third and finished third.

Hamlin had to overcome a pit road penalty midway through the race when his team lost control of a tire. It took more than 100 laps for him to climb back into the top 10, but two tires at the end of the show allowed him to get past Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon on the final restart.
Mar 13 - 8:36 PM

Just under an hour into the second Sprint Cup test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin crashed his No. 11 Toyota.

Hamlin had the second-fastest speed of the session prior to the one-car accident at 189.129 mph. He had the second best speed in the first session, which lasted two hours. The No. 11 team will have to go to a backup car for the rest of the weekend as they prepare for Sunday’s Kobalt 400.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 3 - 8:49 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Folds of Honor Quicktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His top speed in this session was 188.450 mph.

Fastest laps were not the most important thing during the session as drivers worked on long runs. Hamlin recorded 52 laps of practice to get enough seat time to make him a good value. He must stay out of trouble to record a strong finish, however, and that has been unpredictable in recent years.
Feb 27 - 12:59 PM