Fontana II: Denny Hamlin preview

Hamlin at Auto Club Speedway: This weekend will mark Hamlin's tenth-career Cup start at the two-mile track in Fontana and his 181st career Cup Series start. Auto Club Chassis -- JGR 276 and 270: The team will unload JGR 276 at Auto Club this ...

Hamlin at Auto Club Speedway: This weekend will mark Hamlin's tenth-career Cup start at the two-mile track in Fontana and his 181st career Cup Series start.

Auto Club Chassis -- JGR 276 and 270: The team will unload JGR 276 at Auto Club this weekend. This car won at Richmond in September. JGR 270, which won at Texas in April, will serve as the backup.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Auto Club Speedway:

Kansas was a frustrating race but you remain right in the thick of the Chase -- What's is going to take to beat the 48?: "We definitely wanted to run better at Kansas so that was frustrating for sure but I am not surprised at how tight this Chase is. There is no room for error and we can't worry about what any of the other teams are doing. This is the time of the year -- and we have known this all season and been preparing for it -- when you have to be at your absolute best. Every team is bringing their best equipment and it's all about improving as much or more than the competition. We had a lead coming into the Chase but that was never anything to rely on. Now it's back to zero and we know what we have to do starting this week in California."

Last fall you sat on the pole here and had a good race going until the wreck, what did you learn last year?: "Last year was a case of worrying about what the other teams were doing and who was where on the track compared to me. I paid for it because I didn't worry about my race and I know much better now."

All signs point to this team being very good here this weekend, how are you feeling ahead of this race?: "We obviously won't know where we are until we get to the track and practice on Friday but we have improved a ton on these kind of tracks so that gives us some confidence. We were good there last year and good again this spring before cutting a tire, and then we had two good runs at Michigan this summer so we have some success to build on."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin