Martinsville: Hamlin post race interview

DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX EXPRESS IMPALA SS, FINISHED 3RD: ON THE RACE TODAY: "We had a really good car there the first half of the race. Then we had a pit road issue where we lost 10 or 12 spots. I think the car fell off the jack or dropped...

DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX EXPRESS IMPALA SS, FINISHED 3RD:

ON THE RACE TODAY:

"We had a really good car there the first half of the race. Then we had a pit road issue where we lost 10 or 12 spots. I think the car fell off the jack or dropped the jack too soon. We spent the rest of the day trying to get it back. It was so hard to pass out there. We put ourselves in a pit strategy at the end of the race that we really didn't want to do but that is how it goes. Still a third place finish is good for us."

ON CHALLENGES OF YOUR DAY WITH TACK NEEDLE FALLING OFF:

"When our tach broke, I didn't have any way of checking pit road spot and that was kind of a challenge because the No.24 would kill us on pit road because he knew what speed to run and I really didn't. I have never seen a needle fall off a tach before, but ours sure did it today. I was kind of relying on the No.24 to push me down pit road to know what pit road speed was. That was kind of frustrating then when we dropped the jack too soon and then a lugnut fell off, all of that compounded to really a tough day. We put ourselves in a strategy there at the end that we had to short pit, of course we had older tires. We were coming back to those guys at the end. We were good on really really long runs. But I felt that the No. 19 raced me and the No. 24 a little harder there in those last 20 laps than what was really needed to."

ON BATTLE BETWEEN JOHNSON AND GORDON THERE AT THE END:

"It looked like the NO. 24 had a lot of runs getting in the corner on the No. 48. They were just enough around the corner that I couldn't see a whole lot. I am sure there was a lot of crowding going on for sure but how else you going to win the race. It is just so hard, when you have a car that is just a tenth faster than the guy in front of you, you have almost got to rub them to get around them. He just came up short I guess."

ON BUMPERS LINING UP SO YOU CAN BUMP SOMEBODY OUT OF THE WAY:

"I do like that aspect of it. It doesn't really pick the back end up of the car in front of you when you do hit somebody. It kind of pushes them forward, so I like that part of it. It is kind of getting guys to open their eyes and realize they can run in to each other more, but you know, it will be interesting when we get on the bigger tracks to see if there is now bump drafting on the mile and a half tracks. There probably will be."

ON WHETHER HE THOUGHT JOHNSON AND GORDON WOULD TAKE EACH OTHER OUT:

"If it was any other set of teammates, maybe. Not really those two. They have got enough experience to know how to handle other cars."

ON WHETHER IT MARTINSVILLE AS USUAL OR WAS TRACK POSITION MORE IMPORTANT WITH IMPALA SS:

"Maybe it was a little bit harder than usual. But there really wasn't that much difference. I know myself and Jeff got in the back that one time and he was able to get through the traffic a little bit better than I was but I think at that stage, his car was a little bit better than mine was. He was able to make it back through, I think Kyle was, I think it was pretty much Martinsville as usual."

ON CONFIDENCE EARLY IN THE RACE THAT IS MIGHT BE HIS DAY:

"I was pretty confident. It seems like our car was good for five laps then was bad for 25-30 laps then would come on again at the end. That was kind of the tone it was all day long. We just could not get going on the short runs. Definitely liked that we ended the race on older tires, that kind of played in to our hands, but I was fairly confident. But I knew this track was going to go through a lot big changes through the course of the race, it always does. But it seemed like the track also changes quite a bit after that rain delay. It kind of set us back to where we were at the beginning of the race.

"The rain really didn't change anything. We were pretty much on the same strategy as everyone on the lead lap. The cautions were timed out enough to where everyone would come in and take four there when the rain was coming. For the most part I think it was pretty much set in stone what we were going to do."

-credit: gm racing

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