Denny Hamlin 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
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Denny Hamlin’s nightmarish 2013 season happily concluded with a victory in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin extended his record of at least one win in all eight of his full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Chesterfield, Va., native suffered a back injury at Auto Club Speedway in March causing him to sit out four races. In turn, those absences caused him to miss a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time as a full-time driver. Ironically, in a year described as “horrible” by Hamlin, he captured the most Coors Light Pole Awards with five poles – two more than his closest rival.
In 2012, Hamlin entered the Chase as the top seed, but three finishes of 20th or worse in the final 10 races dropped him to sixth behind NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. The previous season he scored one victory, finishing ninth in the final standings. Hamlin enjoyed his most productive year in 2010, winning eight times and carrying the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup all the way to Homestead’s season finale before finishing second to Jimmie Johnson. A late model stock car stand-out, Hamlin made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in 2004 with an eighth-place finish at Darlington Raceway in a Chevrolet owned by Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin has collected 11 victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as well as two wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Car: No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry
Birthdate: November 18, 1980
Hometown: Chesterfield, Va.
Team Owner: Joe Gibbs
Crew Chief: Darian Grubb