Dover II: Denny Hamlin preview

Dover International Speedway Chassis -- JGR 279 and 270: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 279 this weekend in Dover. This car recorded a fifth place finish at Pocono in August. JGR ...

Dover International Speedway Chassis -- JGR 279 and 270: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 279 this weekend in Dover. This car recorded a fifth place finish at Pocono in August. JGR #270 will serve in backup duty this weekend -- it won at Texas earlier this season.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Dover International Speedway:

Leaving Richmond you said getting through New Hampshire and Dover would be fairly critical to Chase success -- still the case?: "It's really important to start the Chase on a high note because more than likely it will be the Chase competitors who win these first two Chase race and who fill out the balance of the top ten. You just can't give anyone points in this series. We know from past experience that we are better in the second half of the Chase and if we can just be right there heading to places like Martinsville, Texas and Homestead then we have a good shot. We had a good run at Loudon, a lot of things went our way when it maybe looked bad there for a moment, but we kept going and came out of there just where we wanted to be."

How do you approach Dover this weekend? Does being in the points lead make a difference?: "We really need to approach it like any other race. We know it's big and that we are in a good position, but we aren't taking anything for granted. We know what we need to do and it's just like the other weekends. At Dover, qualifying is very important because pit road there is a scary place so we'll be hoping to improve there for sure. Being the points leader doesn't make a difference. You can't let that interfere with the focus of the team because there is so much racing left to do. We've learned that over the years."

-source: jgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin