Loudon, N.H - Denny Hamlin qualified the Team EJP Racing No 03 E.J. Prescott Chevrolet 19th for Saturday's Sylvania 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Hamlin turned a quick lap of 30.061 seconds which...
Loudon, N.H - Denny Hamlin qualified the Team EJP Racing No 03 E.J. Prescott Chevrolet 19th for Saturday's Sylvania 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Hamlin turned a quick lap of 30.061 seconds which translates to 126.702 miles per hour on the flat 1.058-mile oval. With the Team EJP Racing shops located just a short distance away in Gardiner, Maine, the race serves as the team's "home court" event.
"You always want to qualify up in the top-10 whenever possible," Hamlin said. "We concentrated on race setups, and I know some of those guys in front of us spent more time on qualifying setups than we did. We had to impound the truck after qualifying, so we have to race with what we qualified. I think we have a setup that will race very well, and all of our hometown fans will see the Team EJP Racing Chevy up in the top-10 before too long."
Team owner Steve Prescott, who started one NCTS race at NHIS in his driving career, was happy with the team's effort and Hamlin's progress throughout the day.
"The team worked pretty hard to get this truck under Denny today," Prescott said. "He'd never seen this place before, so it took him some time to get used to the track. He went out and followed some guys that have a lot of experience here and he learned really quick how to get around this place. He picked up a lot of time as the day went on, and that is the kind of progress we wanted to see. He's a fast learner, and that's good at a place like this."
Prescott hopes past success at NHIS is a preview of things to come with Hamlin at the wheel.
"One of the first Truck Series races we ran was here at New Hampshire. We were running really well until the driver knocked the fence down in turn one," Prescott said jokingly referring to his one and only NCTS start at NHIS. "We were running eleventh before we got into trouble, and we've run pretty well here in the races since. We've ended up in victory lane here in other divisions, but our focus is on getting this truck into Winner's Circle on Saturday."
The Sylvania 200 presented by Lowe's from New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for a 1 P.M. Eastern start tomorrow and will be televised live on Speed Channel. The race will also be telecast on selected radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network and can be heard live on NASCAR Radio 144 on XM Satellite Radio.