2011 RESULTS 1 win, 5 top fives, 14 top 10s
2012 OUTLOOK Results may not come right away this season for Hamlin, who'll be breaking in a new crew chief.
THE biggest disappointment in NASCAR last season was Hamlin, who in 2010 narrowly lost the Sprint Cup championship to Jimmie Johnson while winning a series-high eight races. Hamlin's number 11 Toyota was down on speed for most of last year, as he and his crew chief, Mike Ford, struggled to find a setup that made Hamlin feel comfortable behind the wheel. In early December, Hamlin's car owner, Joe Gibbs, fired Ford and hired Darian Grubb, the crew chief who led Tony Stewart to the title last season. While it might take some time for Grubb and his new driver to click, expect more top fives from Hamlin this season.