Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: Kids Free 325
Date/Time: Saturday, June 27/3:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 130 laps/325 miles
Race: Worry-Free Guarantee 350
Date/Time: Sunday, June 28/4:00 p.m. ET
Distance: 140 laps/350 miles
Track Length: 2.5-miles
Track Shape: Triangle
2019 Race 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
2019 Race 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin
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.
Talladega Superspeedway Recap: Denny Hamlin started the rain delayed GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway from the second position and earned his seventh top-five finish of the season with a fourth-place finish. Starting the race from second, Hamlin was a little too free early in the race, but was able to lead laps and maintain his positon near the front of the field. Late in the first stage, Hamlin got in to the outside wall coming off of turn two and cut down a right-front tire. Forced to pit road for fresh tires and repair the damage, Hamlin went one lap down to the leaders. Fortunately, the caution waved soon after and Hamlin was able to take the wave around to get back on the lead lap. Unfortunately, the caution was for rain and the race was delayed while NASCAR dried the track. Once the track was ready, the race resumed and Hamlin was able to start his march back to the front of the field. With the damage not affecting the handling, Hamlin and the No. 11 team were able to make routine stops and adjustments throughout the race to keep the FedEx Camry handling to Hamlin’s liking. Closing in on the final laps of the race, Hamlin found himself in the middle of the fuel-mileage game to make it to the end. Just shy of the end of the race, Hamlin reported he was out of fuel and pitted. With a late caution playing to his advantage, Hamlin was able to restart the race for an overtime finish in the top 10. As drivers battled for the win, Hamlin was able to move forward and crossed the finish line in the fourth position.
Pocono Raceway Preview: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Pocono Raceway for a doubleheader weekend competing in a 325-mile race on Saturday followed by a 350-mile race on Sunday. No stranger to success at the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle, Hamlin has five wins at the track including the most recent Cup Series race on July 28, 2019. With 28 starts at the track, Hamlin has five wins, 11 top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes and has led 726 laps. Hamlin’s average start the Long Pond, PA track is 7.1 and average finish of 12.0.
Hamlin Conversation – Pocono Raceway:
Looking ahead to this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway.
“I’ve been very fortunate at Pocono Raceway, including last year when we got a win for the 11 team. This is a track that I’ve come to enjoy and winning never hurts. This will be the first weekend where we race on Saturday and Sunday, so a little different than what we have been used to the last few weeks racing twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday. Not having those days between races to regroup and get ready presents its own set of challenges, but this FedEx team is so good and we have things heading in the right direction. I know we’re all up for the challenge and hopefully we leave with two new trophies to add to the collection.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!