2022 Season Recap: Last season marked the fourth consecutive season where Hamlin and the FedEx Racing team ended up in the top five in the series standings. While the final result was solid, the road there was a trying one for the No. 11 team.
After finishing every race in 2021, various misfortunes saw Hamlin out of the race at the end of four of the first nine events in 2022. A win at Richmond Raceway in early April solidified his place in the playoffs and Hamlin added another crown jewel victory to his resume when he won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Once the playoffs began, the FedEx Racing team turned in an impressive stretch with a series-best 6.6 average finish over the final 10 races.
Clash Recap: The No. 11 team finished ninth in The Clash at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 5. After leading 20 of 25 laps and winning his heat race, Hamlin started third in the 150-lap main event. He grabbed the lead early on and led 26 laps before being shuffled out of the lead group. Once he lost his track position, Hamlin was collected in several accidents before ultimately ending up with a top-10 result.
Elite Company: Hamlin is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jarrett on the short list of drivers who have three Daytona 500 victories. If Hamlin can capture his fourth Harley J. Earl trophy, he would tie Cale Yarborough for second all-time behind only seven-time winner Richard Petty.
Leading the Way: When it comes to the Daytona 500, Hamlin leads all active drivers in wins (three) and laps led (474). He is also tied for the most top-five finishes (eight). The FedEx Racing driver has earned four top-five finishes in the past five Daytona 500s dating back to 2018.
Speedweeks Success: In addition to his three Daytona 500 victories, Hamlin has visited victory lane six other times during Daytona Speedweeks. He has a trio of wins in the 150-mile Duel qualifying races (2008, 2014, 2017) and three more in The Clash (2006, 2014, 2016).
Track: Daytona International Speedway
Laps Led: 648
Avg. Start: 16.7
Avg. Finish: 16.8
Hamlin Conversation – Daytona
What do you expect from this year’s Daytona 500?
“I think you’ll see a great race. The 500 is always such a great atmosphere and the racing is always great because everyone wants to put their name on the list of winners of this race. For us, we want to do it for a fourth time. That would mean a lot to me personally to move up that list. I feel very good about it. Chris (Gabehart, crew chief) and my team do an unbelievable job, especially at this race, to give me a great opportunity, so I feel confident we’ll have a great chance on Sunday.”
Celebrating FedEx50: Hamlin’s No. 11 Camry will carry a special FedEx50 paint scheme to kickstart a campaign celebrating all that FedEx has accomplished in its first 50 years, and also what’s to come in the next 50 years and beyond. The design features the FedEx50 logo on the hood as well as a gold 11 in honor of the company’s golden birthday. The ’50 by 50’ logo on the TV panel represents FedEx’s goal of helping impact the lives of 50 million people in need worldwide by the company’s 50th birthday later this spring.
FedEx Express Along for the Ride at Daytona: For the Daytona 500, the B-post of Hamlin’s No. 11 Camry will feature 50 in recognition of FedEx’s 50th birthday coming later this spring. The FedEx50 livery in the Daytona 500 will serve as the launch of a yearlong campaign surrounding the Memphis, Tennessee-based company’s 50th birthday in which they will pay homage to the organization’s fast-growing history and what lies ahead in the future.
FedEx Office – Closest to Daytona International Speedway: 2274 W International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL, 386-323-7840
|2022 FedEx Racing Team Results|
|Feb. 20||Daytona 500||Daytona||30||37||63/201||Crash||0||34th||▬|
|Feb. 27||WISE Power 400||Fontana||4||15||200/200||Running||0||30th||▲|
|March 6||Pennzoil 400||Las Vegas||8||32||219/274||Drivetrain||31||30th||▬|
|March 13||Ruoff Mortgage 500||Phoenix||2||13||312/312||Running||0||27th||▲|
|March 20||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||Atlanta||15||29||212/325||Crash||1||26th||▲|
|March 27||EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix||Austin||8||18||69/69||Running||3||22nd||▲|
|April 3||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond||13||1||400/400||Running||5||20th||▲|
|April 9||Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400||Martinsville||25||28||400/403||Running||0||21st||▼|
|April 17||Food City Dirt Race||Bristol||34||35||91/250||Engine||0||23rd||▼|
|April 24||GEICO 500||Talladega||7||18||188/188||Running||9||24th||▼|
|May 2||DuraMAX Drydene 400||Dover||2||21||399/400||Running||67||23rd||▲|
|May 8||Goodyear 400||Darlington||22||21||292/293||Running||42||22nd||▲|
|May 15||AdventHealth 400||Kansas||18||4||267/267||Running||0||20th||▲|
|May 29||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte||1||1||413/413||Running||42||17th||▲|
|June 5||Enjoy Illinois 300||St. Louis||6||34||234/245||Running||10||19th||▼|
|June 12||Toyota / Save Mart 350||Sonoma||10||31||110/110||Running||0||21st||▼|
|June 26||Ally 400||Nashville||1||6||300/300||Running||114||20th||▲|
|July 3||Kwik Trip 250||Road America||14||17||62/62||Running||1||20th||▬|
|July 10||Quaker State 400||Atlanta||16||25||259/260||Running||2||19th||▲|
|July 17||Ambetter 301||New Hampshire||14||6||301/301||Running||0||19th||▬|
|July 24||M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400||Pocono||1||35||160/160||Running||21||21st||▼|
|July 31||Verizon 200 at the Brickyard||Indianapolis||15||14||86/86||Running||0||20th||▲|
|Aug. 7||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan||9||3||200/200||Running||38||17th||▲|
|Aug. 14||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond||3||4||400/400||Running||22||12th||▲|
|Aug. 21||Go Bowling at The Glen||Watkins Glen||22||20||90/90||Running||0||14th||▼|
|Aug. 28||Coke Zero Sugar 400||Daytona||19||25||137/160||Crash||13||6th||▲|
|Sept. 4||Cook Out Southern 500||Darlington||11||2||367/367||Running||6||3rd||▲|
|Sept. 11||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas||25||2||267/267||Running||0||3rd||▬|
|Sept. 17||Bass Pro Shops Night Race||Bristol||4||9||500/500||Running||0||6th||▼|
|Sept. 25||AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500||Texas||8||10||334/334||Running||2||6th||▬|
|Oct. 2||YellaWood 500||Talladega||3||5||188/188||Running||20||4th||▲|
|Oct. 9||Bank of America ROVAL 400||Charlotte||24||13||112/112||Running||0||7th||▼|
|Oct. 16||South Point 400||Las Vegas||31||5||267/267||Running||5||4th||▲|
|Oct. 23||Dixie Vodka 400||Homestead||14||7||267/267||Running||4||5th||▼|
|Oct. 30||Xfinity 500||Martinsville||11||5||500/500||Running||203||5th||▬|
|Nov. 7||Cup Series Championship Race||Phoenix||21||8||312/312||Running||0||5th||▬|