Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: Super Start Batteries 400
Date/Time: Thursday, July 23/7:30 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 1.5-mile
Track Shape: Tri-Oval
2019 Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
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.
Texas Motor Speedway Recap: Starting the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from the seventh position, Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx team were a little too tight to start the race and finished stage one in the 15th position. With crew chief Chris Gabehart making changes to the FedEx Camry, Hamlin continued to improve throughout the race and finished stage two in the third position. Following a brief red flag at the start of stage three, Hamlin was able to battle with Ryan Blaney and led 11 laps before his day took a turn. During scheduled green-flag pit stops, the caution waved and trapped Hamlin one lap down, but fortunately, the team was in the “Lucky Dog” position and returned to the lead lap. Running in the 10th position, Hamlin had contact with a competitor with less than 30 laps to go in the race. The contact caused Hamlin to spin and with minimal damage, Hamlin pitted for repairs. Returning to the track and focused on earning a solid finish, Hamlin again spun on lap 328. Making repairs to the No. 11 FedEx Camry, Hamlin returned to the race one lap down and scored a 20th-place finish.
Kansas Speedway Preview: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kansas Speedway for a mid-week race on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Hamlin has 23 starts at the track in the Cup Series with two trips to victory lane, seven top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes. Hamlin’s average start is 12.6 and average finish is 15.1 and he has led 227 laps. Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx team return to Kansas Speedway as the most recent race winners after dominating the October 2019 race and leading 153 of 277 laps to record Hamlin’s second win at the 1.5-mile track.
Track: Kansas Speedway
Laps Led: 227
Avg. Start: 12.6
Avg. Finish: 15.1
FedEx Freight – Along For The Ride at Kansas Speedway: For the Super Start Batteries 400 at the Kansas Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company’s Oklahoma City, Okla. service center by featuring the call letters OKC on the #11 FedEx Freight race car. The Oklahoma City service center, opened in 1991, has approximately 305 team members who are committed to making every FedEx experience outstanding.
Hamlin Conversation – Kansas Speedway:
Looking ahead to Thursday night’s race at Kansas Speedway.
“I’m pretty optimistic heading in to Thursday’s race at Kansas. Last year for the fall race, our car was rocket fast. I did not go in to the weekend thinking we were going to dominate and we got to the front and flat dominated. There was something about the set up that really made me drive Kansas better than I have in the past. I’m not sure if you can give the driver much credit on that one. I forget where we started in the fall, but certainly it was just a fast and dominating car and we were able to hold off a few guys in those final few restarts to win it. Chris (Gabehart, crew chief) just nailed it on that one and any time you have a car that handles as good as that one, it makes things a lot easier. There isn’t much to change from the last race to this race, so that gives us a good baseline to start with Thursday night. I think based on our notes from last year and how this FedEx team has been performing this year, we can go in to Thursday night’s race and have a similar performance to last year and get another win with our FedEx Camry.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!