Las Vegas: Hamlin post-race interview

DENNY HAMLIN , NO. 11 FEDEX MONTE CARLO SS: ON TODAY'S RACE AND THE TRACK CONDITIONS: "That is a lot to take in, but it was exactly what I thought it would be going in, the racing wasn't good. When I saw the finish of the Busch race yesterday,...

DENNY HAMLIN , NO. 11 FEDEX MONTE CARLO SS:

ON TODAY'S RACE AND THE TRACK CONDITIONS:

"That is a lot to take in, but it was exactly what I thought it would be going in, the racing wasn't good. When I saw the finish of the Busch race yesterday, I said dang it, because I didn't want that to be the reason that everyone thinks - oh look what they did and they had great racing - -because 99% of the race was terrible.

"There was no side-by-side racing and you just couldn't the cars were so loose. We could not get our car tightened up all day. When you tried to pass somebody, especially on the inside, you can't do it. Unless, they just gave you the spot. If they wanted to hold you up, they can. The groove is not widen out enough which is understandable, the track is new and that will come in a few years. But I would rather run fast for a few laps and then slow down instead of just running qualifying laps every single lap and that is what we are doing on these hard tires."

ON NOT HAVING A SOPHMORE SLUMP AND HAVING GROOVE BACK:

"No not really, we don't feel like we have our groove back yet from the end of last season. We were running more top-10 consistently near the end. We ran our best during the Chase. I don't feel like we have that kind of feeling back yet. Yes, when we get to the shorter tracks, we know we are going to be fairly good there, hopefully. We have the Car of Tomorrow so things could change. It takes us a while. It took us to about mid-season last year before we got on a roll; it is just the characteristics of our race team. This is a good run for us, it is a good place to start."

-credit: gm racing

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