Texas Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 28th in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, after a Turn 4 spin took the FedEx team out of contention in the race won by Kevin Harvick. Hamlin started the day from the third position and raced in the top 10 for most of Stage 1. While running eighth as the laps wore down in the stage, Hamlin lost the handle on the #11 FedEx Toyota exiting Turn 4 and spun through the grass, causing significant damage to the right front. The FedEx team made numerous pit stops to try and fix the damage, but the aerodynamics were ruined and the handling suffered as a result. A lack of cautions throughout the remainder of the race worked against the FedEx team and Hamlin dropped six laps down to the leaders by the time the race came to a conclusion after 334 laps.
Phoenix Preview: With only two races remaining in the 2018 season, the Series returns to Phoenix at the one-mile ISM Raceway. In 28 starts at Phoenix, Denny has secured 12 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, including a single victory in 2012. Denny will be looking to bounce back and secure a spot in the Championship 4 after a disappointing race at Texas.
Track: ISM Raceway (Phoenix)
Laps Led: 678
Avg. Start: 10.8
Avg. Finish: 11.3
Hamlin Conversation – Phoenix:
You’re coming off a tough race in Texas. What can we expect in the desert this weekend?
“Yeah, just got up in the slippery stuff before it was really broke in, lost control, that’s all there is to it. Proud of the whole FedEx team for putting their best effort forward so we could be there at the end. Did the best we could in Texas and we’re moving forward and focused on Phoenix and hope to lock down a win.”
FedEx Ground Along for the Ride at Phoenix: The #11 car features the letters “PLNS” on its B-post to recognize the FedEx Ground Plains district for having the best compliance metrics for the last 12 months.
FedEx Office – Closest to ISM Raceway: 9925 W McDowell Rd., Suite 105, Avondale, AZ 85392, (623) 643-9873
|2019 FedEx Racing Team Results|
|Feb. 17||Daytona 500||Daytona||10||1||207/207||Running||30||1st||▬|
|Feb. 24||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||Atlanta||4||11||325/325||Running||0||1st||▬|
|March 3||Pennzoil 400||Vegas||2||10||267/267||Running||0||3rd||▼|
|March 10||TicketGuardian 500||Phoenix||3||5||312/312||Running||7||4th||▼|
|March 17||Auto Club 400||Fontana||6||7||200/200||Running||8||4th||▬|
|March 24||STP 500||Martinsville||3||5||500/500||Running||0||2nd||▲|
|March 31||O’Reilly Auto Parts 500||Texas||6||1||334/334||Running||45||2nd||▬|
|April 7||Food City 500||Bristol||5||5||500/500||Running||7||2nd||▬|
|April 14||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond||30||5||400/400||Running||0||3rd||▼|
|April 28||GEICO 500||Talladega||23||36||80/188||DNF||0||3rd||▬|
|May 6||Gander RV 400||Dover||8||21||397/400||Running||0||4th||▼|
|May 12||Digital Ally 400||Kansas||11||16||270/271||Running||0||6th||▼|
|May 26||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte||20||17||400/400|