Talladega II: Denny Hamlin preview

Talladega Chassis -- JGR 233 and 244: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 233 this weekend in Talladega. This will be the fourth consecutive start at Talladega for this car. 244 will serve as the backup this weekend -- it finished 17th in the...

Talladega Chassis -- JGR 233 and 244: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 233 this weekend in Talladega. This will be the fourth consecutive start at Talladega for this car. 244 will serve as the backup this weekend -- it finished 17th in the 2010 Daytona 500.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Talladega:

You must feel due for a win here with as well as you've run over the years: "Well, you can never expect anything at Talladega other than you are going to need a great car and a good amount of luck. We've improved so much here over the years and we now come to Talladega thinking we can run up front and our record here shows that we can. It's a matter of getting that strategy just right so when the time comes you know you are ready to go and we just missed that window last year. If we can keep our car out of the trouble at Talladega, I think we'll have as good of a chance as anyone to win there."

You ran very good here in the spring. Is there anything you can take away from that race?: "I think we had a race-winning car here in the spring and it was frustrating to finish fourth. With the cautions and the restarts at the end we just lost those couple of spots and we couldn't make our way back to the front. For as good as we ran all day, it was the cautions that killed us and we really just needed one more corner and I think we could have won that race. I couldn't ask any more from the team, we had a great car. It just came down to where we were when those cautions came out. I know what I need to do this time around."

Six points back in the points -- are you consciously keeping an eye on the competition or focusing solely on running your races?: "I am doing my best to focus only on what I can do and what this team can do to put ourselves in the best possible position. At Martinsville, I was running right there with the 48 and 29 so I had a pretty good idea of where they were and how they were running. By the time the race was over I think I knew exactly where we were points wise. This weekend will be different but I know that both of those guys are really good at Talladega and I expect there will be times when we are running side by side or even working together in the draft. In the end, it's my job to finish up front so we'll approach this weekend like any other -- put the best car out there and run our race."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin