FEDEX RACING EXPRESS FACTS — SONOMA

RACE INFO:

Event: Toyota/Save Mart 350

Date/Time: June 17/1 p.m. ET 2011 winner: Kurt Busch

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2011 polesitter: Joey Logano

Distance: 100 laps/218.9 miles

Track Length: 1.99 miles

Turns: 12

Track Shape: Road Course

EXPRESS NOTES: Hamlin to Visit Alaska: Denny Hamlin will visit the FedEx Express Hub in Anchorage for a special meet-and-greet with FedEx team members at the facility on Monday, June 25. While there, Hamlin will also meet current Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey and learn the sport of mushing. The afternoon will conclude with a 100-yard dog sled race between the NASCAR star and Seavey. The FedEx Express Hub in Anchorage employs more than 1,350 FedEx Express team members, plus a staff of 150 regulatory professionals. With strategic proximity by air to North America, Europe and Asia, the FedEx Hub in Anchorage connects customers to more than 220 countries and territories on six continents including major distribution and population centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and the emerging markets of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and many other Asian cities.

Michigan Recap: Hamlin finished 34th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, forced to retire earlier following an on-track incident on Lap 132 (of 200) and subsequent fire under the #11 FedEx Office Toyota. The incident occurred on the first lap of a restart, when cars were four-wide into Turn 3 at the two-mile track in the Irish Hills. Hamlin was nudged from behind in the left-rear by another competitor, sending him spinning into the infield grass that caused left-side damage to his race car. As Hamlin drove to pit road for repairs, a fire erupted underneath the car, and he stopped before safely climbing out. Hamlin started 11th in the rain-delayed event won by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and ran in the top-15 in the early going. Pit strategy forced the team to make green flag pit stops earlier than others, and twice, the caution came out right after to put the #11 car a lap down. Hamlin used the wave around rule to get back on the lead lap, and battled back up to eighth when the Lap 132 incident occurred. The finish dropped Hamlin one spot to fifth in the NASCAR standings following Michigan, 51 points behind leader Matt Kenseth after 15 of 26 regular season races.

Sonoma Preview: As the Series shifts to its first of two road course events on the 2012 schedule, Hamlin will be making his seventh career Cup start in Sonoma on Sunday. In six previous starts at the 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course in northern California, Hamlin has recorded two top-10 finishes — including a career-best fifth-place result in 2009, when he led 33 laps. One year ago, Hamlin led 12 laps early at Sonoma, but contact midway through the 110-lap event caused damage to the #11 FedEx Toyota that eventually led to a broken left-rear track bar mount, extensive time in the garage for repairs and a 37th-place finish.

Race                    Series          Date Start           Finish          Laps            (Led)

Toyota/Save Mart 350    Sprint Cup      June 26, 2011 4               37              99/110          12

Toyota/Save Mart 350    Sprint Cup      June 20, 2010 12              34              103/110

Toyota/Save Mart 350    Sprint Cup      June 21, 2009 24              5               113/113           33

Toyota/Save Mart 350    Sprint Cup      June 22, 2008 13              27              112/112

Dodge/Save Mart 350     Nextel Cup      June 24, 2007 36              10              110/110           3

Dodge/Save Mart 350     Nextel Cup      June 24, 2006 40              12              110/110

Averages/Totals 21.5            20.8            97.3%             48

FedEx Office – Closest to Infineon Raceway: 901 East Washington St., Petaluma, CA 94952, (707) 763-6553

Northwest District Along for the Ride in Sonoma: The FedEx Ground Northwest district will be recognized for outstanding service and quality with its district code “NWST” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend at Infineon Raceway. The Northwest district includes the Portland hub and surrounding stations in Washington, Oregon, and the northern Idaho Panhandle.

2012 FedEx Racing Press Kit – Available for Download:  Please visit www.fedexracing.com/presskit for the 2012 FedEx Racing press materials, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Darian Grubb and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, program statistics and 2012 crew roster.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION — Sonoma How important is a good finish in Sonoma following last weekend in Michigan? “It’s important for this FedEx team to bounce back with a good finish this weekend. We want to make sure we stay in the top-five or six in points in the next few weeks to make sure we can go for race wins and get the bonus points as the Chase approaches. Michigan was obviously a disappointment for us, but we had a fast car at Sonoma last year and led some laps. Hopefully we can do that again on Sunday and get a good finish for this team.”

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