Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: Dixie Vodka 400
Date/Time: Sunday, June 14/3:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 1.5-mile
Track Shape: Oval
2019 Winner: Kyle Busch
FedEx Racing Notes:
Press Kit: Download the 2020 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.
Martinsville Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 24th in Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville Speedway in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry. Rolling off from the 12th position, Hamlin immediately radioed the team and reported he was overheating and the handling was not to his liking. As the race settled in, Hamlin dropped off the lead lap and fell out of the top 20. Making pit stops under caution, the team worked to improve the handling, but as the first stage ended, Hamlin found himself in the 23rd position, one lap down to the leaders. The second stage remained green for all 130 laps as the FedEx Freight Camry continued to struggle with handling issues. Hamlin was scored 27th at the end stage two, two laps down to the leaders. For the final stage, Hamlin fought for positions and the team vigorously worked to improve the FedEx Freight Camry, but unable to get back on the lead lap and move forward, Hamlin was credited with a 24th-place finish.
Homestead-Miami Speedway Preview: Heading to southern Florida, the NASCAR Cup Series now turns their attention to the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. Typically run as the last race of the season, Hamlin has seen his share of success at the track earning two wins (2009 and 2013) in just 15 starts at the track. Hamlin has started from the pole position four times, including the last three times the series has visited the track. In his 15-career starts at the track, Hamlin has four top-five finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and an average start of 18.6 and an average finish of 10.5.
Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Laps Led: 256
Avg. Start: 18.6
Avg. Finish: 10.5
Hamlin Conversation – Homestead-Miami Speedway:
Looking ahead to this weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“This weekend at Homestead will be a little different since it isn’t Championship week, but that doesn’t change the goal of going for a win. We’ve had success in the past at Homestead and with the way our FedEx team has been performing lately, I know we’ll show up ready to go after the win. We’ll take our notes from November, take away the pressure of battling for the championship and go after another W.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!