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Denny Hamlin/No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview

Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

(Aug. 30, 2016)

Sport Clips Racing LogoNo. 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.
  • SPORT CLIPS HONORS MILITARY AT FT. BRAGG: In their fifth-consecutive year as the title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway, the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200, Sport Clips and Hamlin visited the Airborne and Special Operations Museum at Fort Bragg and presented 100 race tickets to local military families. In addition, Sport Clips presented a donation to The Patriot Foundation, which provides support to families of Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Special Operations Soldiers and other warriors in the form of scholarships, aid for families of fallen and disabled soldiers, job training and more. 
  • JGR AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY: JGR has 72 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington Raceway, visiting Victory Lane five times at the "Too Tough to Tame" track. The team has earned one pole-starting position, 19 top-five finishes, 42 top-10 finishes, and has an average start of 15.2 and average finish of 11.7. JGR has led a total of 1,233 laps and completed 24,127 of 24,593 attempted laps (98.1%).
  • RACE INFO: The Southern 500 is scheduled for Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC. Listen live on Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Hamlin’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats at Darlington Raceway: 

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

10

1

5

8

0

414

9.7

6.5

Hamlin’s 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

24

2

8

13

0

202

6.0

13.0

 Hamlin’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

386

28

113

187

23

7,811

13.4

14.5

From the Cockpit

Denny Hamlin: "Darlington has always been a special track for me because I got my first start with JGR there in 2004. Statistically, it's my best track in the XFINITY and Cup Series as far as average finish, so I always go there thinking I can get a win. I’m looking forward to having Sport Clips back on the car this weekend. Gordon [Logan], the CEO, is from the Darlington area, so it’s always good to see him and the entire crew. I love our throwback paint scheme, too. I think the classic red, white and blue with the gold numbers is really going to stand out on the track, and hopefully in Victory Lane."

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "We’re definitely looking forward to the race at Darlington this weekend with our “Throwback” No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota. Denny has had a lot of success at this track and we’ve had some good momentum as of lately. Darlington is definitely a challenging track as far as drivers, cars, setups and pit stops go, but it's definitely one of the most prestigious races to win. We’re hoping to get another one this weekend."

No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:

Driver – Denny Hamlin

Crew Chief – Mike Wheeler

Car Chief – Leo Thorsen

Engineer – Sam McCaulay

Engineer – Matt Beckman

Tire Specialist – Kerry Ferris

Mechanic – John Furino

Mechanic – Troy Welty

Mechanic – Sean Kerlin

Shocks – Drew Bible

Spotter – Chris Lambert

Engine Tuner – Steve Ritchie

Front Tire Changer – Dustin Necaise

Rear Tire Changer – Mike Hicks

Jackman – Nate Bolling

Front Tire Carrier – Brandon Pegram

Rear Tire Carrier – Heath Cherry

Gasman – Caleb Hurd

Pit Support – Tracy Duncan

Pit Support – Tom Peterson

Pit Support – Steve Larocque

Hauler Driver – Frank Hodel

About Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 20 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,500 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2016 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “haircuts with heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has given almost $4 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.