Denny Hamlin

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Denny Hamlin

Can Hamlin, No. 11 team, regain elite status in the Sprint Cup Series?
After an injury-ridden 2013, Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team looks regain its place among the elite in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Denny Hamlin can’t wait for NASCAR’s 2014 season to officially begin. By the time it does, he’ll have been ready for a new beginning for just shy of 11 months.  Denny Hamlin

Such is life when an injury keeps a NASCAR driver out of the seat for four races, ruining all aspirations of scoring that gleaming Sprint Cup trophy.

Jimmie Johnson, with little flare, just keeps on winning in NASCAR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Four things we learned following Jimmie Johnson's sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in Homestead, Fla.

When I think of Jimmie Johnson and Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship performance, I’m reminded of a simple analogy Rick Hendrick brought up after the race.

“I like to use the Parcells quote,” the winning car owner said. “You are what your record says you are.”

NASCAR's Top 10 Phoenix Finishes

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Phoenix International Raceway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the AdvoCare 500 in Phoenix
Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its Sprint Cup Series driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Phoenix

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the AdvoCare 500
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Phoenix International Raceway means a lot of things to Denny Hamlin. The facility was the site of the beginning of the end to his ill-fated 2010 Chase run. Following its 2011 repave, Hamlin became the track’s most dominant driver and a winner in 2012. The track also served as an ancillary character in one the most puzzling penalties in recent NASCAR history, which involved Hamlin.

Jeff Gordon returns to NASCAR Victory Lane in Martinsville

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Martinsville Speedway
Four things we learned following Jeff Gordon's win in NASCAR's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

There was a time when Jeff Gordon couldn’t walk from his car into the local supermarket without getting booed. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t a Matt Schaub-like incident, this season’s quarterback scapegoat from the NFL’s Houston Texans who was threatened by hooligans at his home. Such was life for NASCAR’s dominant driver of the 1990s, his metro, New York-style life and team a stark contrast from main rival, good ol’ boy Intimidator Dale Earnhardt.

Johnson defends points lead as NASCAR Cup Series heads to Martinsville

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Martinsville Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Martinsville Speedway for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

1. When will Jimmie Johnson’s Martinsville fortune run out?  Jimmie Johnson
I’ve been writing and talking this week about the shared topic of many others tasked with putting words together about Sunday’s race. That topic? Jimmie Johnson’s magical Martinsville touch.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 5 Amazing Stats for Martinsville

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

The Jimmie Johnson-Matt Kenseth battle atop the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings takes an interesting turn this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson and his No. 48 team were dominant in the last 13 races (spanning the entire CoT era and the first Martinsville race of the Gen-6’s existence), winning six times, most recently the 2013 spring race, and finishing inside the top five 10 times. Without much thought, it’s easy to cede this fight to Johnson.

Kenseth might be in better shape than a first impression suggests, though.

Keselowski wins in Charlotte; important NASCAR test on tap

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Five things we learned following NASCAR's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Forget the Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 or Saturday’s 500-miler. NASCAR’s biggest race at Charlotte Motor Speedway happens on Monday in front of a handful of officials, mechanics and high-tech engineers. At stake: keeping the future of the sport intact after a season of less-than-scintillating competition with NASCAR’s much-ballyhooed Gen-6 chassis. It’s a test insiders say could kill off the dreaded “aero push,” enemy number one in what’s made trying to pass the leader a Mission: Impossible assignment.

NASCAR's 13 Greatest Moments of Retaliation

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