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Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Team Finish 8th at Darlington Raceway

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Sept. 2, 2018)

Post-Race Highlights:

·        Heading to Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500, the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team and Erik Jones unloaded with a throwback scheme honoring spotter Rick Carelli and his No. 6 REMAX truck scheme from 1996-1999. With a fast Camry from the start of the weekend, Jones qualified in the seventh position and after running in the top 10 for most of the 367-lap race, crossed the finish line in eighth place.

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BOURDAIS’ AMAZING WEEKEND ENDS WITH PODIUM FINISH AT GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND

PORTLAND, Oregon (Sept. 2, 2018)

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan car to a third place finish today in the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. Bourdais, who overcame a huge crash in practice Saturday morning, qualified the car, nicknamed “Frankenstein” because it was rebuilt from spare parts, fourth. Starting from the outside of Row 2, Bourdais was collected in a first lap incident in Turn 3. The contact resulted in damage to his front wing forcing Bourdais to pit for repairs. When he rejoined the race he was in 21stposition, last of the cars still running. The team altered their fuel strategy and finally got some luck with a couple of timely yellow flags allowing Bourdais to cycle to the front of the grid with enough fuel to race to a podium position, an amazing end to what had been a roller-coaster weekend.   

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Erik Jones / No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2018)

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT DARLINGTON: Erik Jones will make his second-career Cup Series start at ‘The Lady in Black’ this Sunday for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. In his only Cup Series start at the South Carolina track, Jones qualified 10th and finished a strong fifth. In his two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track, Jones recorded a sixth-place finish in 2016 and a fourth-place last season.

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Denny Hamlin / No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2018)

No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        HAMLIN AT DARLINGTON: Denny Hamlin will make his lone NASCAR Xfinity Series start this season driving the No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry this weekend at Darlington Raceway for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. The start will mark Hamlin’s 11th-career series start at the track. In his previous 10 starts at the historic track, Hamlin has earned five wins, including last season. Hamlin has eight finishes of second or better in his 10 starts and all five of his wins have come from the pole starting position. Hamlin also has two wins at the track in the Cup Series, including last year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500.

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Strong Fifth-Place Finish for Erik Jones and Sport Clips Team at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Virginia (Aug. 19, 2018)

Box Score Info:

RACE:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway 

DRIVER:  Erik Jones  

CAR:  No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry

START: 14th

FINISH: 5th

LAPS:  500/500

POINTS STANDINGS: 13th (635 points, -368 points out of 1st)

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Erik Jones / No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

(Aug. 14, 2018)

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT BRISTOL: Erik Jones will make his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at the .533-mile track of Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend driving the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry. Prior to his first-career win earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway, Bristol held the honor of Jones’ best-career finish in the Cup Series following this race last year where Jones won his first-career pole in the Cup series and led 260 of 500 laps before finishing second to Kyle Busch.

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BOURDAIS FIGHTS THROUGH ADVERSITY TO FINISH 13TH IN RACE 1 OF CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX

DETROIT, Mich. (Jun. 2, 2018)

Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary:
Sebastien Bourdais, in the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, fought through a series of adverse situations to finish 13th in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. Bourdais qualified a disappointing 17th when he was blocked by another competitor. In the race, the two-time Detroit GP winner, battled with tire wear and handling problems on the challenging 2.35-mile, 14-turn Belle Isle temporary street circuit. However he continued to fight, brought the car home in one piece and salvaged some valuable championship points. Bourdais earned 17 points today and remains eighth in the championship standings with 185 points. With another race tomorrow, Bourdais has a chance to make up some ground on the championship leaders.    

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Sebastien Bourdais Race Summary

(May 13, 2018)

Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine to a fourth place finish today in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. Bourdais, who had his best qualifying effort on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, started third. 

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Erik Jones Earns Hard Fought 13th-Place Finish at Richmond International Raceway in Toyota Owner’s 400

(Apr. 22, 2018)

Post-Race Highlights:

·        For the first Saturday night race of the season, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team qualified in the seventh position for the Toyota Owner’s 400 at Richmond International Raceway. After falling a lap down early in the race, the No. 20 team rebounded to finish 13th.

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Erik Jones / No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway

(Apr. 18, 2018)

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: Erik Jones will make his third-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. In his two previous starts at the track, Jones best finish was a sixth-place finish in the fall 2017 race.  Jones also has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with three top-five finishes and a best finish of second at the Virginia track.

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Erik Jones Rebounds from Mid-Race Setback to Finish 9th at ISM Raceway in the Ticket Guardian 500

(Mar. 11, 2018)

Post-Race Highlights:

·        For round two of NASCAR Goes West, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) teams moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Phoenix, Arizona for the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

·        Proven to be one Erik Jones’ best tracks on the circuit, the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team entered the weekend with high hopes and after 312 laps around the Arizona track, walked away with a hard fought ninth-place finish and their second top-10 finish of the season.

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SPORT CLIPS HAIRCUTS TO JOIN DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER-SULLIVAN FOR 2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SEASON

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Mar. 10, 2018)

Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today that Sport Clips Haircuts will partner with the team for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

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Erik Jones / No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Ticket Guardian 500(k) at ISM Raceway

(Mar. 6, 2018)

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT ISM RACEWAY:  Continuing the west coast swing, teams now head to ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. One of Erik Jones favorite tracks and one of his most successful tracks as he has moved up through the ranks, Jones will make his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start this weekend for the Ticket Guardian 500(k). In his previous three MENCS starts, Jones has two top-10 finishes with his best finish of fourth coming last fall. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), Jones has seven starts with all seven starts resulting in top-five finishes including a second-place finish and three third-place finishes. He has also earned two poles in NXS competition with an average start of 2.1 and average finish of 4.6. With impressive stats among MENCS and NXS races, Jones most memorable finish may be one from his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts. With only three starts in the Truck Series, Jones has two wins, a ninth-place finish, two poles and an average start of 1.3 and an average finish of 3.7. His first win at the track came in 2013 in just his fifth-career start in the Truck series. Jones started the race from the second position and led 84 laps on his way to his first-career win in NASCAR’s top-three series. At the time, Jones was the youngest winner in series history at the age of 17.

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Erik Jones Earns Top-10 Finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Eighth-Place Finish

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Mar. 4, 2018)

Post-Race Highlights:

·        Kicking off NASCAR Goes West at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team scored the ninth starting position for the Pennzoil 400 and after 267 laps, crossed the finish line in the eighth position to earn the team’s first top-10 finish of the season.

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Erik Jones/No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

(Feb. 28, 2018)

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:  Erik Jones will make his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend behind the wheel of the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry. In his only other MENCS start at the 1.5-mile track, Jones started the race from the eighth position and crossed the finish line in 15th place. Jones does have success at the track with top-five finishes in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), including a NCWTS win in 2014.

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Erik Jones 2018 MENCS Sponsor Lineup

Season Highlighted with DEWALT, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips Haircuts and Circle K

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2018)

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones will carry DEWALT, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips Haircuts and Circle K for his sophomore season and first season back at JGR. 

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Jones Earns 10th-Place Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 6, 2017)

Erik Jones came into the AAA Texas 500 needing a strong run to build on for the final races of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season and the hard-earned 10th-place finish in the No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway did just that.

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Erik Jones / No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

(Oct. 31, 2017)

No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·       JONES AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: With three races left in the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season, Erik Jones will make his third-career Cup Series start at the 1.5-miile Texas Motor Speedway. Jones made his first Cup Series start at the Fort Worth, Texas track in 2015 where he started the race from the sixth position and with a strong run, finished 12th. Returning to the track this year in his first full season in the series, Jones started from deep in the field and crossed the finish line 22nd. Jones has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win and two NASCAR XFINITY Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

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Denny Hamlin Wins at Darlington Raceway

DARLINGTON, SC (Sept. 2, 2017)

Post-Race Highlights:

·        Starting from the pole position for the Sport Clips VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway, Denny Hamlin led 33 laps in the No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry on his way to his second consecutive victory at the historical South Carolina track.

·        With the race underway, Hamlin quickly settled in to the lead and began pulling away from the field. Following several cautions in stage one and slipping a few positions in the opening laps, Hamlin was scored in the fourth position when the caution flag waved on lap 45 to end stage one. Crew chief Eric Phillips called Hamlin to pit road for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to help with the handling of the Sport Clips Toyota Camry. The race restarted on lap 51 with Hamlin in the eighth position.

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Denny Hamlin / No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

(Aug. 30, 2017)

No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        HAMLIN AT DARLINGTON: This weekend when Denny Hamlin climbs in to the No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry for the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200, he will make his 10th-career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the historical track and be on the hunt for his fifth-career win at the track in the series. In his previous nine starts at the track, Hamlin has earned four wins (2006, 2007, 2010, 2015), all from the pole starting position. Hamlin has seven top-five finishes with his worst finish being eighth in his track debut in 2004. 

 

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Jones Caught Up in Multicar Crash

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jul. 23, 2017)

A four-car crash on the front straightaway ended Erik Jones’ and the No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota team’s day 10 laps from finish of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

The early exit left the NASCAR Cup Series rookie with a 31st-place finish in his first series start at The Brickyard.

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Erik Jones / No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Jul. 19, 2017)

No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: For the 20th race of the 2017 Cup Series season, Erik Jones will make his first-career start in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving the No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry. Jones has two starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the historical track with an average start of 2.5 and an average finish of 28.0

 

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Erik Jones/No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Coke Zero 400

(Jun. 28, 2017)

No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will be looking for redemption this weekend when he makes his second-career NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 behind the wheel of the No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry. In his first race at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Jones started the 2017 Daytona 500 from the 34th position and finished 39th after getting caught up in a multicar crash just past the halfway point.

 

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Denny Hamlin/No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway

(Jun. 21, 2017)

No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        BENJAMIN AT IOWA SPEEDWAY: Kyle Benjamin will make his first Iowa Speedway XFINITY Series start this weekend piloting the No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry. While this may be his first start at the track in the series, Benjamin is no stranger to the Newton, Iowa track. Benjamin has four starts in the K & N East Pro Series earning one win in 2016 where he started from the pole and led 36 laps. He has three top-10 finishes with an average start of 6.0 and average finish of 7.8 in K & N East Pro competition. In addition, Benjamin has two Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) starts at the track. His most recent ARCA start in 2016 resulted in a pole, 41 laps led and a second-place finish. His other lone ARCA start resulted in a fifth-place finish.

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Jones Finishes 17th at Bristol After Late Contact with Competitor, Wall

Bristol, Tenn. (Apr. 24, 2017)

Erik Jones and the No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team found out it doesn’t take much at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday to turn a strong performance into a “what-could’ve-been” afternoon.

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Erik Jones/No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

(Apr. 19, 2017)

No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his first-career NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Food City 500. Even though it will be Jones first-career start at the half-mile track, Jones got his first taste of Cup racing at The Last Great Colosseum in 2015 when he climbed in the No. 11 Toyota Camry to fill in for Denny Hamlin. Since Hamlin started the race, he was also credited with the finish. Jones has seen success in the XFINITY Series, earning a win in 2016 and finishing in the top 10 for three of his four starts at the track in the series. Jones also has one start in Truck competition at the track earning a sixth-place finish.  

 

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Denny Hamlin Finishes 14th at Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, Calif. (Mar. 26, 2017)

Post-Race Highlights:

·        For the fifth race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, teams headed west to Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400. Denny Hamlin qualified the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the second position and ran the majority of the race in the top 10 before dropping to 14th in the closing laps.

 

 

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Denny Hamlin/No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

(Mar. 22, 2017)

No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        HAMLIN AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY: Denny Hamlin will make his 16th-career NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. In his previous 15 starts at the Southern California track, Hamlin has recorded two top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and three pole starting positions. Last season Hamlin tied his career-best finish of third from 2008. Hamlin also has seven NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the track with his best finish coming in 2007 when he finished third. 

 

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SPORT CLIPS HAIRCUTS RETURNS AS ENTITLEMENT PARTNER FOR DARLINGTON RACEWAY’S NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACE

The Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will once again honor America's military hereos through Sport Clips' Help A Hero program

DARLINGTON, SC (Feb. 15, 2017)

Longtime partners, Sport Clips Haircuts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) will once again return to sponsor the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Darlington Raceway, extending their entitlement sponsorship through the 2020 race season.

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Sport Clips Haircuts continues partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing, adds Furniture Row Racing for 2017 season

Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones to split driving duties for Sport Clips

GEORGETOWN, Texas (Feb. 8, 2017)

Sport Clips Haircuts announced today its continued partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Denny Hamlin for the 2017 season, and the addition of Furniture Row Racing and driver Erik Jones. Sport Clips will increase its sponsorship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to include two races with Hamlin and four races with Jones. In addition, Sport Clips will continue to have a presence in the XFINITY Series with one race with Hamlin.

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Carl Edwards Steps Away from NASCAR Racing

Daniel Suárez will drive No. 19 Toyota Camry in Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series in 2017

(Jan. 11, 2017)

Joe Gibbs Racing announces that driver Carl Edwards has stepped away from racing in NASCAR. 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion Daniel Suárez will drive the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 19 Toyota Camry in 2017.

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Denny Hamlin Settles for Runner-Up Finish at Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC (Sept. 6, 2016)

Post-Race Highlights

  • Denny Hamlin made his second and final NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start of the 2016 season on Saturday afternoon in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway behind the wheel of the No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry “Throwback Edition”, inspired by the No. 11 car driven by NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip in the 1980’s. 

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Denny Hamlin Finishes Fourth in the Southern 500

DARLINGTON, SC (Sept. 6, 2016)

Post-Race Highlights

  • Denny Hamlin returned to the famed Darlington Raceway over Labor Day weekend in the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry “Throwback Edition”, inspired by the No. 11 car driven by NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip in the 1980’s, and came up just short of taming the “Lady in Black”. Due to inclement weather in the area caused by Hurricane Hermine, NASCAR officials cancelled all track activity on Friday, including qualifying, and set the 40-car field according to the NASCAR rule book, placing Hamlin in seventh for the start of the Bojangles’ Southern 500. 

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Denny Hamlin/No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview

VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway

(Aug. 30, 2016)

No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • DOMINATION AT DARLINGTON: Denny Hamlin will make his second and final NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start of the 2016 season this weekend in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway in the No. 18 Sport Clips Toyota Camry “Throwback Edition". The special scheme, inspired by the No. 11 car driven by NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip in the 1980’s, will also be aboard Hamlin’s No. 11 Sport Clips Camry in the Southern 500 on Sunday. Hamlin is no stranger to success at “The Lady in Black”, having led all but 30 laps in last year’s NXS event on his way to claiming his fourth series victory at the oval track. 

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Denny Hamlin/No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview

Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

(Aug. 30, 2016)

No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • TOO TOUGH TO TAME – OR IS IT?: Denny Hamlin returns to the famed Darlington Raceway for a Labor Day weekend full of action-packed racing.  Hamlin will pilot the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry “Throwback Edition” during Sunday’s Bojangles' Southern 500. The special scheme, inspired by the No. 11 car driven by NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip in the 1980’s, will also be aboard Hamlin’s Sport Clips Camry in the XFINITY Series race on Saturday. The “Lady in Black” has been good to Hamlin throughout his 10-career Sprint Cup Series starts, claiming one win in 2010, as well as four wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In last year’s caution-filled Southern 500, Hamlin led three times, for a total of 57 laps before settling for a third-place finish.

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Erik Jones Earns Second-Place Finish in Rain-Shortened Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa. (Jun. 4, 2016)

Post-Race Highlights:

For the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race at Pocono Raceway, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team notched their fifth pole of the season and third straight pole. Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) swept the top-three qualifying positions for the Pocono Green 250.

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Denny Hamlin Battles Hard, Finishes Third at Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2016)

Post-Race Highlights: After starting the 2016 season off with a huge victory at the historic Daytona 500, Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team made their final stop on the "West Coast Swing" at Auto Club Speedway with the Sport Clips Toyota Camry. Hamlin set the track record in round two of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Friday afternoon and claimed a third-place starting position for Sunday’s 200-lap race.

 

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