Denny Hamlin ­– No. 11 Mavis Tire Toyota Camry XSE Preview – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 11 Mavis Tire Toyota Camry XSE News and Notes

  • HAMLIN AT CHARLOTTE: Denny Hamlin is a former Coca-Cola 600 after winning the marquis event in 2022. Overall, Hamlin has posted 11 top-five finishes, 20 top-10s, three pole awards, and 415 laps led at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has three finishes of seventh or better in the past four races on the 1.5-mile track. The Chesterfield, Virginia native is also a former NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Charlotte.
  • ALL-STAR RECAP: Hamlin finished second in last weekend’s NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway. After starting 11th, he patiently worked his way forward throughout the 200-lap event. In the end, he closed on eventual Joey Logano before ultimately having to settle for a runner-up result.
  • TOP-FIVE STREAK: Including last Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race, the No. 11 driver has finished in the top five in his past four races. Following his victory at Dover Motor Speedway on April 28, Hamlin has rattled off finishes of fifth at Kansas Speedway (May 5), fourth at Darlington Raceway (May 12), and second at North Wilkesboro Speedway (May 19).
  • LEADING IN 2024: Hamlin is the only driver to lead in all 13 races this season. After leading one lap in the most recent points race at Darlington Raceway, the No. 11 driver ranks second in the series with 607 laps led this season. Hamlin’s current streak of leading in 17 consecutive races is a personal best for the veteran driver. His previous best was leading 13 consecutive races during the 2021 season.
  • FRONT RUNNER: Hamlin leads the Cup Series in multiple statistical categories according to Loop Data provided by NASCAR. He is currently the best in the series in average running position, driver rating, fastest drivers early in a run, fastest drivers late in a run, fastest on restarts, green flag speed, and laps in the top 15. Through 13 races, Hamlin has spent 263 more laps in the top 15 than the next closest competitor.
  • PFC STEVEN DEAN SMITH: As part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance program, the windshield of the No. 11 Camry will carry the name of Private First Class Steven Dean Smith. PFC Smith, a native of Bellville, Ohio, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He lost his life on April 15, 1968, while serving in Vietnam. PFC Smith was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with valor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
  • MAVIS TIRE: The No. 11 Toyota Camry XSE will feature Mavis Tire as the primary sponsor this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mavis, based in Millwood, N.Y., is a tire and service provider in the United States with more than 850 service centers in 22 states. Mavis recently acquired TBC Corporation’s NTB Service Centers and Tire Kingdom Service Centers, which yields more than 2,000 service centers under the brand umbrella in total. For more information, visit www.mavis.com.
  • JGR AT CHARLOTTE: Joe Gibbs Racing owns eight NASCAR Cup Series victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including five in the Coca-Cola 600. In 150 combined starts on the track’s 1.5-mile quad-oval layout, the organization has tallied 58 top-five finishes, 88 top-10s, 11 pole awards, and 3,886 laps led. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, and Martin Truex Jr. join Hamlin on the list of drivers who have taken JGR to victory lane at Charlotte.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 begins Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Denny Hamlin, Driver of the No. 11 Mavis Tire Toyota Camry XSE

What makes the Coca-Cola 600 more difficult than other races?

“The Coke 600 definitely wears on you both mentally and physically. For me personally, just sitting in that position for so long wears on my back a little more, especially with how we have to run the cars nowadays. But, you know going in that it’s going to be that way and it’s going to be hot, so it’s really about preparing yourself ahead of time to be at your best at the end of race.”

JGR PR