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Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-11
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today crew chief assignments for each of its four 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
JGR's 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief lineup: Jason Ratcliff, No 20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth; Dave Rogers, No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin; Darian Grubb, No. 19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards and Adam Stevens, No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch. Said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. "Like Jason and Dave previously, Adam (Stevens) has clearly proven that he is ready to move into the Cup Series and we feel that his familiarity with Kyle (Busch) provides the opportunity for us to make that move now. We think pairing Dave (Rogers) with Denny (Hamlin) and Darian (Grubb) with Carl (Edwards) will also make each team stronger heading into next season. Jason (Ratcliff) and Matt (Kenseth) came together quickly and we felt it was in the best interest of the 20 team to keep it as is.-Joe Gibbs Racing Thu, Dec 4, 2014 09:31:00 PM

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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.

Hamlin was a favorite to win the championship among several experts because of his late-season surge. While he came up short in the overall standings, he was easily one of the best values in fantasy games.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:52:00 PM

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.

Last year Hamlin started fifth en route to Victory Lane. His most recent top-10 start prior to that was a 10th in 2011 before he finished ninth, so his fourth-row qualification effort is a good omen this week.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 08:59:00 PM

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.

Hamlin won last year’s Ford 400 and has another victory in 2009, but he has also finished outside the top 10 twice on that track in the past five years so this team still has some work to do.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:00:00 PM

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.

Hamlin is one of three drivers most likely to advance to the Championship round based on his position in the standings. Hamlin is a short, flat track master and should be able to run in the top 10 all afternoon this Sunday.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 07:40:00 PM

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.

Phoenix is not one of Hamlin’s best short, flat tracks—he does much better at Martinsville, Richmond, and New Hampshire—but he should be able to record a top-10 there without any problem. He will not take very many risks on Sunday, which makes him a good fantasy value.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 08:46:00 AM

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.

That will actually improve his average slightly, which stood at 10.8 in 18 career starts prior to this weekend.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 10:51:00 AM

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.

Most of Hamlin’s recent qualifications have been outside of the top 10 and only one race resulted in a strong finish. Hamlin’s average is skewed by some strong runs early in his career and he is far from a sure thing for players.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 10:59:00 AM

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.

That was still a moderate success because it was only his third top-10 on a short, flat track in his last 11 attempts. Hamlin once dominated this track type and needs to run well at Phoenix to clinch a spot in the Championship round.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Denny Hamlin finished sixth or better in nine consecutive races from 2006 through 2010, but his efforts have fallen off in recent attempts. Only three of his last six attempts have resulted in top-10s.

During his incredible streak, he won four races and finished second on two other occasions. This spring he finished 19th, but never contended for a top-five. That makes him a risky proposition.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Last week at Charlotte, Denny Hamlin’s jackman Nate Bolling tore his right tricep. After undergoing surgery mid-week, he is out for the remainder of the season. The No. 11 team will turn to backup jackman Kenneth Purcell.

Hamlin has consistently had the fastest pit stops all season. Minor changes can have a huge impact when stops are in the sub-13 second range, so this team should be watched closely for signs of decline.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Denny Hamlin has a perfect record of top-10s on plate tracks this season. He is the only driver with three such finishes at Talladega and in Daytona’s two races.

Hamlin qualified for the Chase based on his victory in the Aaron's 499 and he needs another strong run to insure that he advances to the Eliminator round. He also finished second in the Daytona 500 and was sixth in the Coke Zero 400 this July.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 09:41:00 AM

Denny Hamlin smelled smoke and saw sparks under his dash at the halfway point of the Hollywood Casino 400. He was told to ride it out until the car quit, but it never did and he finished seventh at Kansas.

Along with teammate Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman, Hamlin was one of the drivers who barely made it past the Challenger round, but he is now seeded fifth in the standings and would seem to have a great opportunity to advance to the Eliminator 8. That will improve his confidence and value to fantasy players.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 09:14:00 PM

Denny Hamlin struggled in both practice and qualification at Kansas on Friday. His fastest lap in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 was 26th and he qualified in almost the exact same position.

Hamlin will line up 25th on a track that has witnessed only five drivers in its last six races come from that far back in the field to finish among the top-10. He will has some good company, but also heavy competition, since Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson also qualified outside of the top 24.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Denny Hamlin has not been running well on the courses that are typically kind to him. He struggled in his last two attempts on short, flat tracks, but earned top-15s at Chicagoland and Dover.

With the next two races being contested on unrestricted, intermediate speedways, that is good news for his hopes of advancing to the next round of the playoffs, but he will need to regain his minimally-banked mojo before Martinsville rolls onto the schedule.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 01:15:00 PM