FEDEX RACING EXPRESS FACTS: TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

RACE INFO: Event: Samsung Mobile 500

Date/Time: April 14/6:30 p.m. CT

2011 winner: Matt Kenseth


American Muscle

2011 polesitter: David Ragan

Distance: 334/501 laps

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Banking: 24 degrees

Track Shape: Quad Oval

EXPRESS NOTES: Martinsville Recap: Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the most-recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (April 1), leading 31 laps and avoiding a late-race incident en route to the checkered flag in the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota. A four-time Martinsville winner, Hamlin started third but battled a tight condition throughout the 515-lap event won by Ryan Newman. Hamlin took the lead after a pit stop on Lap 363 and led the next 30 laps before the car’s handling went away and he slipped back to 10th on the long green flag run, before a caution came out with three laps remaining to set up a ‘green-white-checkered’ finish. A multi-car incident involving the leaders in Turn 1 on the first attempt brought out another yellow, as Hamlin was able to avoid trouble. He restarted and finished sixth after the second attempt. Crew chief Darian Grubb and the FedEx crew worked throughout pit stops on the half-mile track to try and free up the #11 machine for Hamlin, but it never responded. Hamlin ran in the top-10 throughout the race in his home state and recorded his 12th top-10 finish in 14 races at Martinsville. The finish kept Hamlin seventh in the NASCAR standings, 16 points behind leader Greg Biffle after six of 26 regular season races.

Racing for a Cause in Texas: Hamlin will race a special #11 FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota paint scheme this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. FedEx has donated a paint scheme to the organization in each of the past five seasons to help raise awareness for March for Babies walks that occur in 900 communities nationwide — including the Dallas/Fort Worth-area — in late-April. In addition, Hamlin will be accompanied by a special guest at the track — six-year-old Kieran Wittstruck. Kieran was born two months premature, but has grown into a healthy young boy with help from the March of Dimes.

Hamlin is a two-time winner at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth facility, sweeping the races at the track in the 2010 season. He led the final 12 laps in the rain-delayed spring race two years ago en route to victory lane, just three weeks removed from reconstructive knee surgery. In the 2010 Chase race at Texas, Hamlin led 31 laps to take the checkered flag first and take over the points lead with just two races remaining. Hamlin will be making his 14th-career start at Texas on Saturday night, a place where he has eight top-10 finishes in 13 races. He finished 15th and 20th at Texas in the spring and fall races last season, respectively.

Race                                       Series Date                                        Start Finish                     Laps                        Led AAA 500                                  Sprint Cup               Nov. 6, 2011                           28 20                            333/334 Samsung 500                          Sprint Cup               April 9, 2011                            23 15                            333/334 AAA 500                                  Sprint Cup               Nov. 7, 2010                           30 1                              334/334                   31 Samsung 500                          Sprint Cup               April 19, 2010                          29 1                              334/334                   12 Dickies 500                              Sprint Cup               Nov. 8, 2009                           25 2                              334/334                  2 Samsung 500                          Sprint Cup               April 5, 2009                            22 12                            334/334 Dickies 500                              Sprint Cup               Nov. 2, 2008                           17 17                            333/334 Samsung 500                          Sprint Cup               April 6, 2008                            14 5                              339/339 Dickies 500                              Nextel Cup              Nov. 4, 2007                           7 29                            324/334                   45 Samsung 500                          Nextel Cup              April 15, 2007                          7 9                              334/334 Dickies 500                              Nextel Cup              Nov. 5, 2006                           6 10                            339/339 Samsung 500                          Nextel Cup              April 9, 2006                            8 4                              334/334                   41 Dickies 500                              Nextel Cup              Nov. 6, 2005                           14 7                              334/334 Averages/Totals

17.7                         10.2                         99.7%               131

Texas North Sales Team Along for the Ride at Texas Motor Speedway: The FedEx Office Texas North Sales Team will be recognized with its code “7372” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Texas North is the leading Sales team in the annual FedEx President’s Club program, and attributes its success to its focus on creating solutions to meet their customers’ needs.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION – Texas Motor Speedway: What does it mean to you to represent the March of Dimes this weekend? “This is the fifth year that we have had the March of Dimes paint scheme on our #11 FedEx car, and I’m proud to help represent such a great organization. They do so much work for premature babies to help them grow up to be healthy children and adults. Getting to know some of the kids and families over the years makes me appreciate how fortunate we are in the NASCAR community, and it gives me the added boost to go out there and give them a great finish.”

2012 FEDEX RACING TEAM – SEASON RESULTS DATE EVENT LOCATION START FINISH LAPS STATUS WINNINGS LED PTS TREND Feb. 27 Daytona 500 Daytona 31 4    202/202    Running $702,091 57 4th March 4 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix 13 1 312/312 Running $238,016 61 1st March 11 Kobalt Tools 400 Las Vegas 17 20 267/267 Running $140,321   3rd March 18 Food City 500 Bristol 20 20 498/500 Running $132,901   5th March 25 Auto Club 500 California 1 11 129/129 Running $149,771 2 7th April 1 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Martinsville 3 6 515/515 Running $128,101 31 7th Averages/Totals 14.2 10.3 99.9%   $1,491,201 151


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