FedEx Racing Express Facts – Martinsville Speedway
#11 FedEx Express Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: STP 500
Date/Time: April 3/1:00 p.m. ET
Distance: 500 laps/263 miles
Track Length: 0.526-mile
Track Shape: Oval
Banking: 12 degrees
2015 Winner: Denny Hamlin
Press Kit: Download the 2016 FedEx Racing press materials at www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, statistics and the 2016 crew roster.
Fontana Recap: Denny Hamlin rallied from a pair of pit road penalties to finish third in NASCAR’s most recent Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway on March 20. The first violation came when Hamlin felt a tire going down on Lap 26, and headed to pit road. However, the caution came out just before Hamlin entered the pits and he was sent to the back for “pitting too soon.” The team incurred a speeding penalty on Lap 83, again sending Hamlin to the tail end. However, a fast #11 machine allowed him to drive up through the pack multiple times, eventually taking the lead for the final restart after the event’s last caution with two laps to go. The high line did not get a good push behind Hamlin on the restart, allowing Kevin Harvick and eventual winner Jimmie Johnson to slide by Hamlin before the checkered flag.
Martinsville Preview: Following the first off-weekend of the season, NASCAR returns to action on Sunday, April 3 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Hamlin returns to the half-mile track in his home state of Virginia as the defending race winner, holding off Brad Keselowski in a thrilling battle one year ago. Hamlin has five career wins at the track in 20 starts, and has posted 11 top-five finishes and 16 top-10 results. Arguably his best track, Hamlin has led 1,315 career laps at Martinsville.
Track: Martinsville Speedway
Average Start: 9.8
Average Finish: 8.0
Laps Led: 1,315
Hamlin Conversation — MARTINSVILLE:
What will it take to get your sixth grandfather clock (Martinsville trophy) this weekend?
“I think it will be another fight this weekend to get the win at Martinsville. We have had a lot of success over the years at that track, and seem to battle the same guys each year for the win. Jimmie (Johnson) is obviously strong there, and our teammates will be tough to beat. Friday’s qualifying is big in terms of getting a good pit stall, and on Sunday, it’s important to have a mistake-free race. Any sort of issue or penalty can get you a couple laps down in a hurry and spoil a good day. I believe our FedEx Camry will be up front competing for another win.”
Melville, N.Y., Along for the Ride in Martinsville: The FedEx Express ramp in Melville, N.Y., will be recognized for outstanding performance with its “FRGA” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
#11 FedEx Racing – 2016 Crew Roster
Crew Chief – Mike “Wheels” Wheeler
Car Chief – Leo Thorsen
Engineers – Matt Beckman, Sam McAuley
Shock Specialist – Drew Bible
Tire Specialist – Kerry Ferris
Mechanics – Troy Welty, John Furino, Sean Kerlin
Spotter – Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry
Jack Man: Nate Bolling
Gas Man: Caleb Hurd
Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa
Athletic Director: Mike Lepp
Transportation – Frank Hodel, David Ott