#11 FedEx Freight Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing
Hurry: Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart
Date/Time: July 13/7:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Track Shape: Tri-Oval
2018 Winner: Martin Truex Jr..
Daytona Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 26th at the #11 FedEx Office Toyota after being collected in a late-race multi-car wreck in Sunday’s rain-postponed race at Daytona International Speedway. Following a lengthy weather delay, 20-year-old Justin Haley was declared the race winner, 33 laps short of the scheduled 160-lap distance. Hamlin began sixth and tried different drafting lines to try and improve his position, finally finishing eighth in Stage 1. Stage 2 was much of the same, though the 11 fell back as far as 20th in the field prior to making a comeback, crossing the lineup 11th at the conclusion of the section. Lining up 14th for the final section, Hamlin started his charge throughout the field, taking the #11 car three-wide in visitors, bold moves by Hamlin propelled the FedEx automobile to the lead after just 17 laps of racing in the point. After top five laps, Hamlin was at the front of the main point of automobiles when Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer made a run on the outside. As the two drivers jockeyed for position, they tangled facing Hamlin who had nowhere to go and was gathered in the ensuing melee that claimed that a total of 18 cars. The FedEx team worked on the damaged automobile during a number of pit stops but dropped two laps in the process. During the caution, NASCAR has been forced to red-flag the race because of lightning in the area. Following two hours and 12 minutes of lightning and rain, the race has been declared .
Kentucky Preview: The Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to Kentucky Speedway next weekend for a 400-mile event on Saturday, July 13. Having faced some adversity the past couple of races, Hamlin and staff will be seeking a strong ending and Denny’s first-career success at Kentucky.
Hamlin Kentucky Statistics:
Track: Kentucky Speedway
Laps Led: 76
Avg. Start: 12.2
Avg. Finish 16.1
How can your staff stay focused and composed despite facing some adversity this year?
“It may be challenging sometimes, like at Daytona where we have trapped in someone else’s mess. Despite facing many challenges this year, our staff believes in what we’re doing and what we are capable of, and I always do what I can to make the right moves to receive our FedEx Toyota into the front.”
With just a small number of races in Kentucky, what excites you about competing there and what are you hoping to learn about this monitor?
“This may simply be our ninth race at Kentucky, so we don’t have as much prior experience and results, but any team can win on any given day so we’re confident in our skills to take a win in Kentucky. Every race is a chance to find out more about the track and your team, and Kentucky will likely be no different.”
FedEx Louisville Service Center Along for the Ride at Kentucky Speedway: To the Quaker State 400 in Kentucky Speedway, FedEx Freight admits the company’s Louisville service centre by incorporating the telephone letters LOU on the FedEx Number 11. The Louisville service centre has roughly 305 team members that are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.