Sunday Race Info

Race: Toyota / Save Mart 350

Date/Time: Sunday, June 9 / 3:30 p.m. ET

Distance: 110 laps / 218.9 miles

Track Length: 1.99 miles

Express Notes

Press Kit: Download the 2024 FedEx Racing press materials at www.fedex.com/en-us/racing/press-kit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Chris Gabehart and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights and statistics.

Sonoma Notes: Denny Hamlin has posted four top-five finishes and seven top-10s in 17 career starts at Sonoma Raceway. His best result was a second-place finish in 2016 after a spirited last-lap battle with Tony Stewart. Last season, Hamlin captured his first career pole at the 1.99-mile road course and won the opening stage before an accident in the final stage spoiled his day.

St. Louis Recap: Hamlin finished second in last weekend’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway just outside St. Louis. He started sixth and finished fifth and 10th in the opening two stages. Late in the race, Hamlin appeared to be poised to finish fourth before he capitalized on misfortune for several other cars to earn a runner-up result.

Five in a Row: Hamlin has posted five consecutive top-five finishes in points-paying races dating back to his victory at Dover Motor Speedway on April 28. During that time, he also posted a runner-up finish in the non-points NASCAR All-Star Race. His career-best streak is six consecutive top-five finishes in 2019 and 2021.

Front Runner: Hamlin leads the Cup Series in multiple statistical categories according to Loop Data provided by NASCAR. He is currently best in the series in average running position, driver rating, fastest drivers late in a run, fastest on restarts, green flag speed, and laps in the top 15. Through 15 races, Hamlin has spent 443 more laps in the top 15 than the next closest competitor.

History of the 11: Throughout NASCAR history, the No. 11 has visited victory lane more than any other car number. Hamlin’s win at Dover was the 234th time a No. 11 car has won in the Cup Series. For Hamlin, his 54 victories driving the No. 11 are only one behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for most on the illustrious list of drivers who have wheeled a No. 11 car to victory lane. That list includes Bobby Allison (3 wins), Mario Andretti (1 win), Buddy Baker (2 wins), Geoffrey Bodine (4 wins), Bill Elliott (6 wins), A.J. Foyt (1 win), Denny Hamlin (54 wins), Ned Jarrett (49 wins), Junior Johnson (11 wins), Parnelli Jones (1 win), Terry Labonte (4 wins), Darrell Waltrip (43 wins), and Cale Yarborough (55 wins).

Hamlin Statistics

Track: Sonoma Raceway

Races: 17

Wins: 0

Poles: 1

Top-5: 4

Top-10: 7

Laps Led: 135

Avg. Start: 15.0

Avg. Finish: 19.0

Hamlin Conversation – Sonoma

What do you expect going to Sonoma for the first time since the repave?

“It’s definitely going to be different, faster for sure. There will be more grip, so passing is going to be more difficult. It was already pretty challenging with this car, so I think pit strategy and track position are going to come into play. Hopefully we can get a good qualifying run and not have to chase track position all day. Overall, we just have to execute all day on the track and in the pits.”

FedEx Along for the Ride at Sonoma: For this weekend’s race at Sonoma Raceway, the b-post of Hamlin’s No. 11 Camry will feature ONE. As of June 1, FedEx has brought together most of its operating companies as one team with one vision as the company continues to build the world’s smartest logistics network for its customers.

JGR PR