Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: YellaWood 500
Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 4/2:00 p.m. ET
Distance: 188 laps/500.08 miles
Track Shape: Tri-Oval
Track Length: 2.66 Miles
Banking: 33 degrees
2019 Winner: Ryan Blaney
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.
Las Vegas Recap: Denny Hamlin looked to be cruising to a Round of 12 Playoffs win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday – until a late-race caution scrambled the field and knocked him far out of the lead. Hamlin and his fast FedEx Office Toyota led 121 of the 268 race laps around the 1.5-mile oval, resulting in a Stage 1 victory. His fate quickly changed late in Stage 3, though. Hamlin was enjoying a nearly two-second lead when he came to pit road for a green-flag stop on Lap 233, but the untimely caution flew as soon as he rejoined the field. The yellow, which flew in the middle of the pit cycle, left the No. 11 back in 12th. A two-tire pit stop on Lap 252 under another caution helped Hamlin make a final charge, but he ran out of laps before he could track down leader Kurt Busch, who went to Victory Lane and clinched his spot into the Round of 8.
Talladega Preview: The Round of 12 moves onto Talladega, the biggest and fastest track on the NASCAR circuit. Coming off a strong performance in Las Vegas, Hamlin and the FedEx #11 team look to carry that momentum with them as they bring their FedEx Express Toyota Camry to Talladega. Hamlin has only one win at the superspeedway but is focused on changing that narrative and securing his spot in the Round of 8 with a win this weekend.
Track: Talladega Superspeedway
Laps Led: 320
Avg. Start: 17.4
Avg. Finish: 17.2
Hamlin Conversation – Talladega:
How are you feeling as you move deeper into the playoffs and yet to end up in Victory Lane?
“It’s just really unfortunate circumstances that are keeping us out of Victory Lane. I’m really happy with the way we’re running, though, and feel confident going into Talladega this weekend.”
You remain second in points behind the leader, Kevin Harvick. What is your FedEx Racing team’s focus as you get ready for Talladega?
“We need to maintain focus and let the rest take care of itself. Talladega is known as the biggest and the fastest course in the circuit. We’ve had success in previous races there and just need to build off of the momentum we gained in Las Vegas.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!