Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: Quaker State 400
Date/Time: Sunday, July 12/2:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 1.5-miles
Track Shape: Oval
2019 Race Winner: Kurt 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.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Recap: Making his 15th Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin rolled off from the sixth positon for Sunday’s race at the historic track. Happy with the handling of the No. 11 FedEx Camry from the start of the race, Hamlin and the team made minor tweaks throughout the race and finished stage one in the sixth position and stage two in the third position. Closing in on the end of the 400-mile race, Hamlin was leading the race with seven laps to go when he blew a right-front tire and hit the wall. With the damage to the No. 11 FedEx Camry too significant for the team to continue the race, the team was credited with a 28th-place finish after leading 19 laps.
Kentucky Speedway Preview: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kentucky Speedway for Sunday’s Quaker State 400. With nine starts at the 1.5-mile track, Hamlin has yet to visit victory lane. In his nine starts at the track, Hamlin has four top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes with a best finish of third on two different occasions (2012, 2015). Hamlin’s average start is 12.9 and average finish is 14.9 and he has led 81 laps.
Hamlin Conversation – Kentucky Speedway:
Looking ahead to this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway.
“Kentucky is a place where I haven’t gotten a win yet, but we’ve been close a few times. We’ve got a few top-five finishes, but just haven’t been able to close it out at the end of the race. Last year we were fast and could run up front, but had to start from the back late in the race and then made a strategy call to try to give us a chance at a win, but we finished fifth. With the way this FedEx Camry team has been performing this year, I don’t see any reason why we can’t change that this weekend and get our first win at Kentucky. We’ll put Indy behind us and go to Kentucky and give it all we can to get the win.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!