Joe Gibbs Racing
Sunday Race Info:
Race: NASCAR Cup Series Championship
Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 7/3:00 p.m. ET
Distance: 312 laps/312 miles
Track Length: 1 mile
Press Kit: Download the 2021 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.
Martinsville Recap: Victory #3 of the year was in Denny Hamlin’s sights in the closing laps of the penultimate race of the season, as he led the field around the paperclip-shaped track with six laps to go. But after multiple laps of Alex Bowman trying unsuccessfully to make an inside pass on the FedEx Ground Toyota, Bowman finally shoved his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet under the left rear of Hamlin’s car and spun the #11 out of the lead. Bowman went on to win the race. Hamlin, after leading 103 laps, finished 24th. But the FedEx Racing driver’s result was enough to advance to the Championship 4, the four drivers who will compete for the Cup trophy next Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.
Phoenix Preview: The Cup Series heads out West for the final race of the season at Phoenix Raceway, where Hamlin will be one of the Championship 4 competing for the 2021 Cup trophy. The event marks the third straight year that Hamlin has advanced to the final round of the Playoffs to compete for the title. In his 32 career races in Phoenix, Hamlin has notched two wins and 15 top-five finishes.
Track: Phoenix Raceway
Laps Led: 854
Avg. Start: 9.8
Avg. Finish: 10.8
Hamlin Conversation – Phoenix:
What is your strategy for outracing the other three drivers competing for the title?
“I’m just trusting in my team. Joe Gibbs Racing has been focusing on this race for a long time, and I know we’ll bring a fast FedEx Camry. Ultimately, we just need to do the same things that got us to this point and made us successful.”
Do you feel that this type of track gives you an edge?
“We have been stronger at the 750-horsepower tracks this year, and I think that’s going to help us. Last year, that was the weaker type of track for us, and the results showed that. This year, we worked on this package and our results are showing that improvement. So, this is an ideal track for us to get out there and run up front.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!