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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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After struggling at the beginning of the season, Denny Hamlin is regaining his strength on flat tracks. He finished fourth at Pocono and was eighth last week in New Hampshire.
Hamlin’s eighth at New Hampshire was only part of the story. He spent more time among the top five than any driver except Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, which provided him with one of the most dominant performances on a flat track since his return from injury last year. Fantasy owners can once again have confidence in starting the No. 11 on this track type. Jul 22 - 6:23 PM

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Denny Hamlin is one of only two drivers who have a current top-10 streak to his credit following the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire. He finished eighth in that race and was sixth in the Coke Zero 400.

The restrictor-plate, superspeedway race at Daytona was a streak killer and fuel mileage strategies in New Hampshire kept other drivers from regaining momentum. In the final regular season races, this little burst of speed could be beneficial to Hamlin.
Jul 18 - 10:45 AM

Denny Hamlin salvaged an eighth-place finish at New Hampshire after first failing to capitalize on a risky fuel-mileage strategy and quickly reversing his approach.

That was Hamlin’s second top-10 on a flat track out of the seven total he has scored this season and it suggests he may be getting his mojo back on this course type. He ran with the leaders most of the day and made the right call at the end, but fantasy owners may still be a little skeptical since three of the five flat track races this year ended with him outside of the top 10 including very disappointing runs at Martinsville and Phoenix—two tracks he previously dominated.
Jul 16 - 10:48 AM

Denny Hamlin finished eighth at New Hampshire after running second in the closing laps of the Camping World RV Sales 301, but his fortune could have been much worse without a great call regarding fuel mileage.

Hamlin was one of several drivers attempting to implement a fuel mileage strategy in Sunday’s race, but when a late-race caution for an accident involving Justin Allgaier sent the Camping World RV Sales 301 into overtime, he quickly reversed his strategy and pitted for fuel. He restarted outside the top 15 and climbed to eighth in the final three laps, salvaging much-needed points for his fantasy owners. More importantly, he seemed to have regained some of the short, flat track magic he lost earlier this year.
Jul 13 - 6:55 PM

Denny Hamlin is widely considered one of the top choices every time the Cup series rolls onto a short, flat track, but he has no top-15s in his last four starts on them.

Hamlin never fully returned from his injury last year with a pair of 21st-place finishes at New Hampshire in the summer and Richmond in the fall. He had a slight bump in the second New Hampshire race, but slipped to 28th at Phoenix in the penultimate event last year. In three starts in 2014, his best efforts were a pair of 19ths at Phoenix and Martinsville. This is a good week to take a wait-and-see approach to Hamlin.
Jul 10 - 7:32 PM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) has two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 9.0 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

He has an Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best; Driver Rating of 102.9, fourth-best; 284 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 124.821 mph, fifth-fastest; 3,547 Laps in the Top 15 (74.4%), seventh-most and 526 Quality Passes, fifth-most.-NASCAR.com
Jul 9 - 3:11 PM

Denny Hamlin finishes 6th in Sunday's rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

He started the No. 11 Toyota Camry 37th on the grid for the Coke Zero 400. He advanced three spots to 14th in the 2014 NSCS point standings after this event.
Jul 8 - 12:56 PM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota) has three top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 20.4 at Daytona International Speedway.

He has an average Running Position of 16.1, sixth-best; Driver Rating of 85.5, eighth-best; 79 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most and Average Green Flag Speed of 189.471 mph, eighth-fastest-NASCAR.com
Jun 30 - 8:47 PM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota Camry) wins the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award at Kentucky Speedway.

The award is given to the eligible driver (contingent on decal display) who clocks the fastest lap of the race. Hamlin started 4th, but cut a tire around lap 27 (of 267) and got into the wall. He was done for the night and was credited with a 42nd place finish in the Sprint Cup Quaker State 400. He dropped four spots to 17th in the 2014 Sprint Cup point standings.
Jun 29 - 7:32 AM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota) is 13th in the standings with 435 points; current Chase seed: 9.

Past five races: 26th at Sonoma, 29th at Michigan, 4th at Pocono, 5th at Dover, 22nd at Charlotte. Season stats: 1 win, 4 top-fives, 5 top-10s, 2 poles. Track history: At Kentucky, Hamlin's average finish is 16.3 and his average running position is 12.5 over the past three years. In three career starts at Kentucky, he has one top-five and one top-10.-NASCAR.com
Jun 26 - 3:25 PM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota) has one top five, one top 10 and an average finish of 16.3 at Kentucky Speedway.

He has an average Running Position of 12.5, sixth-best; Driver Rating of 98.1, sixth-best; 34 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 171.223 mph, fifth-fastest and 531 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), eighth-most.-NASCAR.com
Jun 24 - 8:47 PM

Denny Hamlin finishes 26th in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma (CA) Raceway.

He started the No. 11 Toyota Camry 16th on the grid for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. With that finish, he dropped one spot to 13th in the 2014 NSCS point standings.
Jun 23 - 2:00 PM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota) is 12th in the standings with 435 points.

Past five races: 29th at Michigan, 4th at Pocono, 5th at Dover, 22nd at Charlotte, 18th at Kansas. Season stats: 1 win, 4 top-fives, 5 top-10s, 2 poles. Track history: At Sonoma, Hamlin's average finish is 22.9 and his average running position is 20.6 over the past nine years. In eight career starts at Sonoma, he has one top-five and seven top-10s.-NASCAR.com
Jun 19 - 7:50 PM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota) is eighth in the standings with 420 points.

Past five races: 4th at Pocono, 5th at Dover, 22nd at Charlotte, 18th at Kansas, 1st at Talladega, 22nd at Richmond. Season stats: 1 win, 4 top-fives, 5 top-10s, 2 poles. Track history: At Michigan, Hamlin's average finish is 15.0 and his average running position is 14.2 over the past nine years. In 16 career starts at Michigan, he has two wins, five top-fives and seven top-10s.-NASCAR.com
Jun 13 - 11:50 AM

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota) has two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 15.0 at Michigan International Speedway.

He has an Average Running Position of 14.2, eighth-best; Driver Rating of 89.7, 10th-best; 98 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 176.841 mph, ninth-fastest; 1,913 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%), 11th-most and 633 Quality Passes, ninth-most.-NASCAR.com
Jun 10 - 7:51 PM