Denny Hamlin and the Harley J. Earl Trophy Visit TPC Sawgrass

Denny Hamlin, 2016 DAYTONA 500 champion and driver of the No. 11 FedEx Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, teed off the second stop of the Road to the DAYTONA 500 Tour at the 17th hole of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass alongside the Harley J. Earl trophy.

Hamlin, an avid golfer, was visiting TPC Sawgrass with Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile to preview the upcoming 60th annual DAYTONA 500 – the prestigious season opener for the Monster Energy Series – with Jacksonville-based media. They were joined by PGA TOUR player Sam Saunders who is the grandson of golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

After photos with the Harley J. Earl and FedEx Cup trophies, Hamlin and Saunders took on the par-3, 137-yard “Island Green,” arguably the most recognizable hole in golf, located within one of the most difficult courses in the world. After Saunders granted Hamlin a mulligan after his first shot went long, Hamlin was able to save par while Saunders bogied.

The Road to the DAYTONA 500 Tour takes place in the weeks leading up to the prestigious DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18. The stars of the Monster Energy Series will be visiting cities throughout the United States to promote “The Great American Race.”

Tickets for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 and all other Speedweeks 2018 events can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestYouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest news throughout the season.


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