#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 accumulated at a late-race multi-car mess 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 their scheduled 160-lap distance. Hamlin started sixth and tried different drafting lines to attempt to improve his position, eventually finishing eighth in Stage 1. Stage 2 was a lot of the same, although the #11 dropped back up to 20th in the area before making a comeback, crossing the lineup 11th at the conclusion of the segment. Lining up 14th to the last segment, Hamlin began his charge throughout the field, taking the #11 car three-wide in traffic, bold moves by Hamlin propelled the FedEx automobile to the lead after only 17 laps of racing at the stage. Following top five laps, Hamlin was at the very front of the bottom line of cars when Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer made a run on the outside. As the two drivers jockeyed for position, they tangled in front of Hamlin who had nowhere to go and has been collected from the ensuing melee that maintained a total of 18 cars. The FedEx team worked on the ruined car during multiple pit stops but dropped two laps in the procedure. During the caution, NASCAR was made to red-flag the race due to lightning in the region. After two weeks and 12 minutes of lightning and rain, the race has been declared official.
Kentucky Preview: The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to Kentucky Speedway next weekend for a 400-mile occasion on Saturday, July 13. Having faced some adversity recent races, Hamlin and team will be seeking a powerful finish 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 does your team stay focused and written despite facing some adversity this season?
“It may be challenging sometimes, like at Daytona where we have trapped in someone else’s mess. Despite facing many challenges this season, our staff believes in what we’re doing and what we are capable of, and I do what I could to make the right moves to get our FedEx Toyota to the front.”
With only a small number of races at Kentucky, what excites you about competing there and what are you expecting to learn about this monitor?
“This will simply be our ninth race at Kentucky, thus we don’t have as much earlier experience and results, but any team can win on any given day so we are confident in our skills to have a win at Kentucky. Every race is an opportunity to find out more about the track and your staff, and Kentucky will be no different.”
FedEx Louisville Service Center Along for the Ride at Kentucky Speedway: To the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, FedEx Freight admits the company’s Louisville service center by incorporating the call letters LOU about the FedEx Number 11. The Louisville service centre has roughly 305 team members that are devoted to making every FedEx experience exceptional.
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