HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Bristol Motor Speedway A good run at Michigan has you third in points, but you've said you are still working hard to improve more: "It's no secret that we wanted that win on Sunday. We need to be winning races at this ...
HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Bristol Motor Speedway
A good run at Michigan has you third in points, but you've said you are still working hard to improve more: "It's no secret that we wanted that win on Sunday. We need to be winning races at this point to give ourselves the best possible chance heading into the Chase. We are working hard to get all of our equipment into really good shape so it might look strange to finish second, and then see everyone on this FedEx team scratching our head and talking about all of the things we need to change but it's just about improving. Some things we feel like we can fix in the weeks leading into the Chase, others are probably more for next year but we know we aren't ever going to be satisfied and that's what it takes to win races in this series."
This is a track where you have come close to winning but not won yet -- can that change this week?: "Coming so close before has really only made us want to win one of these Bristol races more than ever. There is no doubt that winning at Bristol would be special and I know I speak for the entire team when I say leaving here with a trophy is something everyone in racing wants to accomplish in their career. We've felt like we've had the car on a couple of occasions but had some bad luck in terms of parts going bad at the worst possible times or just having to come from too deep back at the start. Twice we ran almost 500 laps around Bristol to get in position to win only to have things go wrong at the very end. This team regroups and works even harder because we know we can run well at Bristol. We build really competitive cars, and I have learned a lot about racing here and how to get around this place whether I am running at the front and worrying about clearing traffic or coming from way back in the field and trying to get to the front. I always like our chances coming here."
Does the intensity of the racing change as the Chase grows closer?: "I think it comes down to where you are. Are you a team trying to get into the top-12, a team trying to protect your position in the top-12, or a team that is in the Chase and going for bonus points? This race will be very exciting seeing just how tight that fight is for the last spots and hopefully a good race for the win on Saturday night as well."
Bristol Chassis -- JGR 259 and 267: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 259 this weekend in Bristol. This car made its first start at Bristol in March of this year. JGR 267 will travel to Bristol as the backup.