Denny Hamlin inks contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Carl Edwards may be gone, but Denny Hamlin isn’t leaving any time soon.

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Thursday that Hamlin, 36, has signed a contract extension with the team, continuing a relationship that stretches back 13 years. FedEx will continue to sponsor Hamlin through the tenure.

“FedEx has been with me for my entire career, and I’m honored to have them continue as the sponsor of the (No.) 11 team,” Hamlin said in a release. “As a racer, you only dream of an opportunity to compete for wins and championships at the highest level, and I have been fortunate to do that with FedEx and JGR for more than a decade.”

A native of Chesterfield, Virginia, Hamlin first came to JGR in the fall of 2004, making a lone start in the XFINITY Series at Darlington Raceway.

Hamlin returned in 2005 to run the full XFINITY tour and partial Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series before moving on to full time competition in the Cup series in 2006.

In 13 years with JGR, Hamlin has tallied 29 Cup victories and 15 XFINITY triumphs, including the 2016 Daytona 500. Hamlin has won at least one Cup series race in each season since he moved up to full-time competition in 2006, and has finished as high as second (2010) in the series standings. The Cup veteran drove his way into the Championship 4 in the inaugural season of the elimination-style “Chase” in 2014, making him just one of nine drivers to compete for a championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the short, three-year stint of the format.

The 36-year-old also has two victories in the Camping World Truck Series, both coming with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The length of Hamlin’s extension is unknown at this time.

Hamlin will attempt to become just the fourth driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s on Feb. 26.

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