Denny Hamlin Has No Pressure Going Into Daytona

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Race Info:

Race: Coke Zero Sugar 400

Date/Time: Saturday, August 29/7:30 p.m. ET

Distance: 160 laps/400 miles

Track Length: 2.5-miles

Track Shape: Oval

2019 Race Winner: Justin Haley

FedEx Racing Notes:

Press Kit: Download the 2020 FedEx Racing press materials at, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.

Dover International Speedway Doubleheader Recap: Competing in the final doubleheader weekend of the season, Denny Hamlin added win number six to the list on Saturday and followed it up with a 19th-place finish on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. For Saturday’s race, Hamlin started from the second position and in dominating fashion, swept both stages and led 115 laps on his way to conquering The Monster Mile for the first time in his career. With the top-20 finishers from Saturday’s race inverted for Sunday, Hamlin started Sunday’s race from the 20th position. Hamlin was able to make his way to 11th at the end of stage one and third for the end of stage two. Poised for another strong finish, Hamlin unfortunately had to make an unscheduled pit stop late in the race for a loose wheel. Unable to rebound, Hamlin finished the race in the 19th position.

Daytona International Speedway Preview: Heading back to the high-banked Daytona International Speedway, Hamlin returns as the most recent winner having captured his third Daytona 500 victory early this season. With 29 Cup Series starts at the 2.5-mile track, Hamlin has three wins, nine top-five finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and has led 521 laps. This weekend’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 will serve as the regular season finale before starting the 2020 Playoffs. Hamlin currently sits second in the standings with six wins, 14 top-five finishes and 16 top-10 finishes.

Hamlin Statistics:

Track: Daytona International Speedway

Races: 29

Wins: 3

Poles: 0

Top-5: 9

Top-10: 10

Laps Led: 521

Avg. Start: 16.6

Avg. Finish: 16.8

Hamlin Conversation – Daytona International Speedway:

Looking ahead to the season finale at Daytona International Speedway. “It’s nice to go in to the last regular season race with no pressure. Knowing we are locked in to the playoffs, our goal is to gain more points to start the playoffs and try to add another win. We’ve proven we can win at Daytona with the Daytona 500 wins, but haven’t pulled off a win in this race yet. We just need to stay focused, be patient and give ourselves a shot at the end. This FedEx team proves every week how strong they are from the time they get to the track and unload and throughout the race. This weekend should be no different. We’re ready to get back to Daytona and have another shot at getting our FedEx Camry to Victory Lane.”


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