FEDEX RACING EXPRESS FACTS — POCONO RACEWAY

RACE INFO:
Event: GoBowling.com 400
Date/Time: August 4/1 p.m. ET
2012 winner: Jeff Gordon
2012 polesitter: Juan Pablo Montoya
Distance: 160 laps/400 miles
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Banking: 14/8/6 degrees
Track Shape: Triangle

EXPRESS NOTES:

Indianapolis Recap: Denny Hamlin piloted the #11 FedEx Express Toyota to an 18th place finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After starting the day on the outside of Row 2, a stubbornly loose racecar dissolved Hamlin’s hopes of a first career win at The Brickyard. Indiana-native Ryan Newman took the checkered flag for his first win of the 2013 season, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth. Hamlin worked with crew chief Darian Grubb throughout the 160-lap event to try to tighten up the #11 machine, both under green flag pit conditions and under caution. Passing was at a premium during the race, and the team tried various pit strategies to make up track position. During green flag stops late in the race, Hamlin stayed on track to lead four laps, but was forced to come to pit road for fuel with less than 20 laps remaining, settling for an 18th-place finish at the checkered flag.

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Pocono Preview: The Series heads back to Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s 400-mile event on the ‘Tricky Triangle.’ Hamlin finished eighth at Pocono in June, driving up from a 17th starting position after rain washed out qualifying. Hamlin has four wins and 10 career top-10 finishes in 15 starts at the three-turn track in central Pennsylvania. The 32-year-old driver swept both Pocono races from the pole as a rookie in 2006, and also scored victories at the track in August 2009 and June 2010. He has led a total of 663 laps at Pocono, with an average finish of 10.5.

 

Race                                       Series                     Date                                        Start                        Finish                     Laps                       (Led)

Party in the Poconos 400        Sprint Cup               June 9, 2013                           17                            8                              160/160

Pennsylvania 400                    Sprint Cup               Aug. 2, 2012                            2                              29                            90/98                       3

Pocono 400                             Sprint Cup               June 10, 2012                         3                              5                              160/160                   21

Good Sam 500                        Sprint Cup               Aug. 7, 2011                            6                              15                            200/200                   65

5-Hour Energy 500                 Sprint Cup               June 12, 2011                         4                              19                            200/200                   76

Sunoco Red Cross 500           Sprint Cup               Aug. 1, 2010                            3                              5                              200/200                   19

Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500    Sprint Cup               June 6, 2010                           5                              1                              204/204                   88

Pennsylvania 500                    Sprint Cup               Aug. 3, 2009                            6                              1                              200/200                   91

Pocono 500                             Sprint Cup               June 7, 2009                           7                              38                            178/200

Pennsylvania 500                    Sprint Cup               Aug. 3, 2008                            14                            23                            200/200

Pocono 500                             Sprint Cup               June 8, 2008                           16                            3                              200/200                   17

Pennsylvania 500                    Nextel Cup              Aug. 5, 2007                            6                              3                              200/200

Pocono 500                             Nextel Cup              June 10, 2007                         2                              6                              106/106                   49

Pennsylvania 500                    Nextel Cup              July 23, 2006                           1                              1                              200/200                   151

Pocono 500                             Nextel Cup              June 11, 2006                         1                              1                              201/201                   83

Averages/Totals                                                                                                    6.3                           10.5                         98.9%                      663

 

FedEx Office – Closest to Pocono Raceway: 940 Schecter Drive, Ste 1, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702, (570) 819-0813

Temecula, Calif., Along for the Ride in Pocono: The FedEx Office location in Temecula, Calif., is a leading store team in the company’s annual President’s Club program. The store team will be recognized for excellent service and dedication to their customers with its “2098” code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Pocono Raceway.

2013 FedEx Racing Press Kit – Available for Download:  Please visit www.fedexracing.com/presskit for the 2013 FedEx Racing press materials, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Darian Grubb and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, program statistics and the 2013 crew roster.

FEDEX RACING CONVERSATION — DENNY HAMLIN:

What are your expectations heading back to Pocono this weekend?

“Pocono is a track that this FedEx team has a lot of success at over the years. Before they repaved it a few years ago, it was a track that we circled on our calendars as one to expect to run up front and compete for the win. It has been a little bit challenging the last few races, but our team is working hard to try to get back that advantage. We weren’t the strongest car at Pocono in June, but we got ourselves a top-10 finish and we need to start stringing some good finishes together. Pocono is a great place to do that.”

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