Crunching The Numbers: Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin – #11 Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Toyota

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Standings: 9th

Points: 1,117

Bonus Points: 23

  • 12.78% of total possible bonus points

Starts: 36
Wins: 2
Poles: 3
DNFs: 2
Top 5s: 14
Top 10s: 20
Top 15s: 23


Best Finish: 1st – 2 Times

  • Race 6: STP 500 – Martinsville
  • Race 27: Myafibrisk.Com 400 – Chicagoland

Best Start: 1st – 3 Times

  • Race 13: FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks – Dover
  • Race 24: Irwin Tools Night Race – Bristol
  • Race 36: Ford EcoBoost 400 – Homestead

Average Finish: 13.61 (10th best)

Average Start: 11.67 (8th best)


Laps Run: 10,276 (7th best)

  • 98.57% of total possible season laps

Miles Driven: 13,600 (8th most)

  • 98.39% of total possible miles

Laps Led: 529 (9th most)

  • 5.07% of total possible season laps

Denny Hamlin’s Finishes


Hamlin 1 Denny Hamlin made the Chase 9 times in his 10 year career, and he continue that great accomplishment in 2015. It did not take Hamlin very long to find victory lane, and it is no surprise that his victory came at Martinsville Speedway, one of his best tracks. While short tracks may not be his favorite place to visit overall, Martinsville is definitely one of Hamlin’s favorite tracks on the schedule. He also claimed victory at a non-points race this season; while no points were awarded, a cool $1,000,000 was a nice prize as the winner of the Sprint All-Star Race. Hamlin’s regular season average finish was a cool 14.12 and with his victory at Martinsville, he earned a place in the Chase!

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And then the Chase came… and Hamlin was off to a great start by winning the first race of the Challenger Round, ensuring his championship hopes were still alive for another round. Though he won a race already, Hamlin knew he had to keep the momentum going and notched a 2nd place finish the following week followed by an 18th place finish to cap off the Challenger Round. Hamlin finished the Challenger Round with a nice average finish of 7th, which was 3rd best among the group. Riding his momentum into the Contender Round, Hamlin notched a 4th and 2nd place finish, all but putting himself through to the Eliminator Round, baring a catastrophe during the third race. However, the third race of the Contender Round was Talladega. Hamlin was caught up in an accident and finished 37th. 2 great races to start off the round and a bad one to end it, Hamlin found himself with an average finish of 14.33 and out of the title hunt. He ended the Chase with an average finish of 13.13, which was the 11th best average finish. If it was not for his misfortune at Talladega, who knows what could have happened. While the restrictor plate tracks are not his favorite, they are not his worst; Hamlin should be happy road courses are not in the Chase and that Intermediate tracks are what make up a good portion. When 2016 gets going, we can be sure Hamlin has Martinsville races circled on his calendar.



Denny Hamlin’s Finishes By Track Type


Type Starts Avg. Finish Avg. Start Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 15s DNF
Intermediate 14 12.86 9.57 1 7 9 11 1
Restrictor Plate 4 13.25 25.50 0 2 3 3 1
Road Course 2 22.50 14.00 0 0 0 0 0
Short Track 10 13.10 9.90 1 3 5 5 0
Super Speedway 6 13.50 9.50 0 2 3 4 0


Another great year for Denny Hamlin and another strong Chase run, even though he fell short of the Final 4 Round. This driver is always on his A game and we have yet to see everything he can do. I foresee another Chase appearance by Hamlin, and a few wins next year as well. Congratulations Denny Hamlin on a successful 2015 campaign!

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
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