#11 FedEx Express Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing
Race: Federated Auto Parts 400
Date/Time: September 9/7:30 PM ET
Distance: 400 Laps/300 Miles
Track Length: .75 mile
Track Shape: Oval
Banking: 14 degrees
2016 Winner: Denny Hamlin
Darlington Recap: Hamlin qualified ninth for Sunday’s “Throwback Weekend” race at Darlington, making his way to the front of the field and leading four times for 124 laps during the 367-lap event to earn his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the 2017 season. Despite an on-track blunder that caused Hamlin to miss the entrance of pit road for his final green-flag stop of the night, a quick recovery and Crew Chief Mike Wheeler’s decision to pit late at the end of the final segment propelled Hamlin and the #11 to victory lane and a “Too Tough To Tame” sweep. Following Sunday’s race, Hamlin remains in fifth in the overall NASCAR standings.
Richmond Preview: The Series gets ready to go short track racing under the lights at Richmond Raceway for Sunday’s 400-lap event and final Cup Series race of the 2017 regular season. Hamlin is no stranger to the Virginia raceway’s leaderboard, capturing three wins – the most recent during last year’s regular season finale – and leading a series-high 1,653 laps at the .75-mile track. He scored his ninth top-five finish at Richmond in April when he crossed the line third after starting the race 16th.
Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares: This season, FedEx is tying the performance of the #11 FedEx Toyota on the track to its efforts to improve road safety through a new program, Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares, by donating $111 for each lap Hamlin leads and $11,000 for each race victory to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. FedEx will also contribute $111,000 to Safe Kids if the #11 team wins the 2017 NASCAR championship.
Hamlin led 124 laps and parked the #11 in Victory Lane during Sunday’s race at Darlington, adding $24,764 to the total donation amount to Safe Kids. To date, Denny has led 390 laps and captured two Cup Series wins, and FedEx has donated $65,290 to Safe Kids through the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.
Track: Richmond Raceway
Poles: 3 (tied for career-best and Series-best)
Average Start: 10.4
Average Finish: 9.8
Laps Led: 1,653 (Series-high for active drivers)
Hamlin Conversation – RICHMOND:
What does it mean to conclude the regular season at Richmond, especially with multiple wins?
“The win at Darlington meant so much to me, and it felt so special to have my family around for it. Obviously Richmond is my home track so it would be great to get another win in front of the hometown crowd and continue the incredible success we had at Darlington, and if we get the #11 feeling like it did there (Darlington), I have no doubt we could do it again. I’m really focused on putting myself in the best possible position I can for the Playoffs, and as the stats show, Richmond is some place where I could definitely do that.”
FedEx Express Middletown, Pennsylvania, Station Along for the Ride at Richmond: FedEx Express recognizes the company’s Middletown, Pa., station for its employees’ outstanding customer service by featuring its “MDTA” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at Richmond Raceway.
#11 FedEx Racing – 2017 Crew Roster
Crew Chief – Mike “Wheels” Wheeler
Car Chief – Leo Thorsen
Engineers – Sam McAulay, Ryan Bowers
Shock Specialist – Drew Bible
Tire Specialist – Kerry Ferris
Mechanics – Tony Hamm, Scott Eldridge, Sean Kerlin
Spotter – Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier: Ben Fischbeck
Jack Man: Nate Bolling
Gas Man: Caleb Hurd
Transportation – Frank Hodel, Josh Collins