Fontana II: Hamlin - Friday media visit

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Monte Carlo SS met with media to discuss the state of his contract with Joe Gibbs racing, the COT, closing in on the Chase, racing for bonus points, racing at California Speedway, the hot weather, strategy for...

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Monte Carlo SS met with media to discuss the state of his contract with Joe Gibbs racing, the COT, closing in on the Chase, racing for bonus points, racing at California Speedway, the hot weather, strategy for the Chase, running at Richmond next weekend, the importance of consistency, and points racing.

Select quotes from driver interview:

THERE WAS A REPORT THIS WEEK THAT YOU'VE SIGNED AN EXTENSION WITH JOE GIBBS RACING. CAN YOU COMMENT ON THAT? "We're still working on it. We're trying to get it in line with the FedEx sponsorship and if we can do that I know we've got good partnership right now between myself and FexEx. I think really, Gibbs just wants to get those two deals in line. And that way we know what we've got in the future."

MANY OF THE DRIVERS IN THE GARAGE ARE PRETTY MUCH MARRIED TO THEIR MANUFACTURERS. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT THE POSSIBITY OF SWITCHING? "There are goods and bads to it. Obviously Chevrolet has been very good to our organization in the present and in the past. So we know that if you want to win, you can definitely drive a Chevrolet for sure. So whether there is change or not, either way Gibbs is going to make whatever it is, successful."

EVEN THOUGH THE CHEVROLETS DOMINATE THIS GARAGE, THAT A FACTOR? "No, I mean you know that's the thing. What's dominant now; is it going to be dominating years down the road? And that's what I'm thinking is an option of what everyone is looking at. What's going to be good five or six years down the road? And I think that's why there tends to be people looking around for different options because ultimately we've got a great relationship with Chevrolet. We've always had a great relationship with Chevrolet. And I couldn't be prouder to be with them. So if there is no change at all, I'll be happy.

MOVING FORWARD IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF RACES, HOW ARE DRIVERS WHO ARE LOCKED INTO THE CHASE GOING TO APPROACH EACH RACE? WILL THEY JUST GO ALL OUT FOR A WIN? "Yeah, we've been doing that for the past six or seven weeks for sure. There is really nothing else we can do. We're trying all we can to get a win. We're not really saving any race cars for the Chase at the risk of wrecking them. I know a lot of teams are. But we feel like we bring the best thing we have to the race track and we try to do everything we can to get a win and that's going to be our best possible solution because ultimately we don't want to lose by less than 10 points because we didn't put a 100 percent effort in before the Chase even though we were locked in."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin