Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:06:26 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin was stripped of 75 points in the series' owner championship standings, and Hamlin was docked 75 points in the drivers' standings after infractions were found Tuesday, July 29, in a post-race inspection after the Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hamlin had finished third in the race. Crew chief Darian Grubb was also suspended for the next six Sprint Cup events and fined $125,000, while car chief Wesley Sherrill was issued a six-race suspension, and he will be on probation for six months. JGR plans to appeal the penalty, although Grubb and Sherrill will begin serving their suspensions immediately, starting this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin drops from 11th to 21st overall in the Sprint Cup standings, a stiff penalty for a driver who already is one start shorter than everyone else due to an early-season eye injury. He is still a good bet for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after winning at Talladega Superspeedway in May. However, fantasy owners will likely lose points from this past weekend when adjustments are made to the points, perhaps changing many results. In addition, the loss of Grubb going forward, and an interim crew chief, might cause some uneven results, although Hamlin has usually fared well at the next stop, Pocono.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:16:02 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin qualified third for the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, July 13.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin tops all active drivers with a 9.0 Average Finish Position in 16 career races at NHMS, posting two wins, seven Top 5s and 10 Top 10 finishes. He also has never had a DNF in his career at the Magic Mile.
Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:34:50 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth did not show well in practice Saturday, June 7, at Pocono Raceway. Hamlin was 22nd in practice, while Busch was 23rd and Kenseth 27th.
Fantasy Tip: Don't put too much stock into the practice speeds. Hamlin is on the pole for Sunday's race, and he has four career wins at the track with an Average Finish of 12.6 in 16 career starts. Busch has struggled at Pocono, and he is one to avoid for fantasy purposes. He has just four Top 5 finishes in 18 career starts with four DNFs. Kenseth also has never won at Long Pond, but he has a 14.9 Average Finish in 28 career starts, ninth-best among all active drivers.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:06:41 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin has won the pole for the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway Friday, June 6, by posting a track-record lap of 181.415 mph during his qualifying laps.
Sun, 04 May 2014 14:04:52 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won his first restrictor-plate points race Sunday, May 4, as he took the checkered flag at the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway. He clinched a provisional spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with the win.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:13:55 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (eye) has been cleared after a small piece of metal was stuck in his eye last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. He was not medically cleared to race at the California track last weekend after he complained of irritation to his eye. The small piece of metal in his eye has been removed and "Hamlin felt immediate improvement." He has no lingering issues with his vision and is cleared to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Fantasy Tip: Get Hamlin back into your lineups this weekend.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:35:19 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth swept the Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday, Feb. 19.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:53:29 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) has been receiving pain-killing injections in his spine for the last two weeks in an effort to try to avoid having offseason back surgery. The injections have helped, but Hamlin won't know until the end of the season if he'll need surgery. "These last two weeks, I've gotten some treatment done, and I've felt as good as I did before the accident," he said. "Now, the 10 races before that, I felt horrible. I had to get out of the car at Richmond during practice because I just couldn't handle it anymore, and there's been several instances where it was really, really bad." Hamlin said he probably won't be 100 percent healthy until February or January of 2014. He hasn't won a race this season and sits at 32nd in the Sprint Cup standings.
Fantasy Tip: This has been a lost season for Hamlin, and he's clearly not in driving shape. Don't consider him for any of the remaining races. He could start off slow next season, as well, depending on how he recovers in the short offseason.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:57:35 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (concussion) was cleared by doctors after he suffered a concussion in the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway Sunday, June 30. Hamlin had a headache after having his "bell run" when his popped tire crashed his No. 11 car into the wall. Hamlin has been cleared for a two-day tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week. He is also cleared for the Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, July 6. Hamlin's back was fine after the crash. He is currently 25th in points and is 104 points out of the top 20. Although he has little chance of making the Chase, Hamlin doesn't plan on sitting out any races.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin's unfortunate injury-riddled season continued Sunday. The good news is that he's fine for this weekend's race, and you shouldn't have any hesitations about whether to include him in your fantasy lineup for Daytona.
Fri, 10 May 2013 16:02:40 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) plans to run the entire Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway Saturday, May 11, after running 23 laps at Talladega Superspeedway before giving way to backup driver Brian Vickers. "I don't think there's any doubt we'll go the whole way," said Hamlin, who tested himself by running 90 consecutive minutes during a long first practice Friday, May 10. "Nothing was uncomfortable, nothing hurt, nothing was sore. So I'm pretty confident I can make it the three, three and a half (hours) that it's going to take to run the race." Hamlin also plans to run in the non-points All-Star race next weekend, even though the race doesn't count toward championship seeding.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin has had past success at Darlington, which makes it very tempting to rely on him this weekend, even though it is expected to be his first full race back since suffering a major back injury. If you're in a position to play it safe, though, you may want to look elsewhere.
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