#11 FedEx Freight Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: FireKeepers Casino 400
Date/Time: June 9/2:00 p.m. ET
Distance: 200 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 2 miles
Track Shape: Oval
2018 Winner: Clint Bowyer
Press Kit: Download the 2019 FedEx Racing press materials at www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.
Pocono Recap: Denny Hamlin earned a sixth-place finish at Pocono Raceway Sunday, putting behind him a stretch of races where he finished outside the top 15 due to mechanical issues or accidents.Hamlin started the 400-mile event in sixth and raced inside the top 10 for most of the afternoon. Passing was difficult, but varying pit strategies mixed up the field multiple times, including putting the FedEx Office Toyota in the lead for a lap. At least five different cars had incidents involving cut tires or contact with the wall, but the #11 team avoided trouble and executed a clean race.
Michigan Preview: The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be heading to high-speed Michigan International Speedway for a 400-mile event on Sunday, June 9. After another top-10 finish at Pocono, Hamlin and the #FedEx11 team will be seeking their third win of the 2019 Cup Series, as well as Denny’s third-career win in the Irish Hills.
Hamlin Michigan Statistics:
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Wins: 2 (2010, 2011)
Poles: 1 (2018)
Laps Led: 187
Avg. Start: 12.3
Avg. Finish 14.4
How does it feel for your team to have secured a top-10 finish and have strong momentum heading to Michigan?
“Pocono was a fairly smooth race for us and a top-10 finish was what we needed after a rough stretch the last few weeks. I’m proud of the effort from our FedEx team and we’ll keep it going next week in Michigan.”
How do you expect the racing at Michigan to be different with the current aero package?
“I think the race at Michigan is going to be one of the best shows we’ve put on at that track. That track offers plenty of grip, and we should be able to keep the throttle wide open and close the gaps to make passes. Our FedEx team has had pretty good success there before, and it should be another good weekend for us.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!