Denny Hamlin Quotes
What are your feelings on New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“It is a great track and a place that has been good for this team in the past. We seem to run a little better here in the summer than we do in the fall so we’ll be trying to run as well as we have here in past summers but also take something with us to learn from. This track is faster than you would think so you need horsepower to take advantage of the long straights, but getting through, and off, the corner is where you win or lose at New Hampshire. It’s definitely a little bit different than any other track we go to because it almost seems like it’s banked in the other direction on the bottom. But you can go way up high or run on the bottom so there are some options for you to find a fast line.”
Joey Logano would survive yet another wild finish tonight to lead Joe Gibbs Racing with a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were unable to avoid one of several late-race accidents and were left to finish 24th and 25th respectively.
All three Joe Gibbs Racing entries would spend the first half of the race using caution on the track in an effort to avoid any potential early accidents while running in the familiar pack style of racing at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Fortunately for everyone, there were no major accidents and the first caution of the night wouldn’t come out until midway through the 160-lap race.
Denny Hamlin led Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place run in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway, while teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano finished 10th and 22nd respectively.
Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota third and raced inside the top five through the first half of the race as the team worked to free him up from tight handling conditions. A tremendous pit stop by the FedEx crew put Hamlin in second for a restart on lap 130 and he was able to just get past his teammate Busch to gain the lead for the first time on the night. Hamlin would go on to lead the next 56 laps. Hamlin would race among the leaders the rest of the way, but was forced to conserve fuel on the final run which limited his ability to catch leader Brad Keselowski. He would go on to finish with a strong third-place effort.
Denny Hamlin Quotes
How was your visit to Alaska?
“It was a great experience. I had never been to Alaska before, but got a chance to visit the Anchorage hub and there’s 1,300 FedEx employees at that hub and greeted all of them with smiles and they just had a great time. Living in Anchorage, Alaska, they don’t get to see a whole lot of racing, nor do they get to see their driver too often. So it was a very exciting time for them, and at the conclusion of that part of it, we went out in the parking lot and had some fun with some racing dogs and did some dog mushing. It was a lot of fun. Dallas (Seavey, 2012 Iditarod champion) was great to us. It was amazing to hear the conditions they go through, being anywhere from 40 (degrees) above zero to 50, 60 below zero during the Iditarod run, thousand-mile run. It’s amazing to see what they do on that side and what kind of racing they do.”
Joey Logano led Joe Gibbs Racing with a 10th-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma, CA.
Meanwhile late-race damage from contact on the tight corners of the 1.99-mile race track left Kyle Busch to finish 17th and created a part failure for Denny Hamlin that resulted in a 35th-place finish.
Joey Logano started the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota in 14th and raced just outside the top ten through much of the first half of what proved to be a mostly caution free race. He would enter the top ten by lap 75 and remain among the leaders the remainder of the race. Tight racing over the final laps would hamper his ability to gain additional positions on the track and he would go on to finish 10th.