Charlotte: Hamlin post race interview

DENNY HAMLIN , No. 20 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 2nd What are your thoughts on tonight's race? "It seemed like if you got back past third or fourth position you couldn't make too much headway, but as long as you...

DENNY HAMLIN , No. 20 Z-Line Designs Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finished: 2nd

What are your thoughts on tonight's race?

"It seemed like if you got back past third or fourth position you couldn't make too much headway, but as long as you had clean air it seemed like whoever could get out there could go pretty good. It's just really tough to pass out there and it's just one of those deals where you try to play that track position thing at the end of the race as best you can and we just came up a little short. We needed that thing to go green. We had a good opportunity and a good race going between the three of us there with just a few laps to go and we just didn't need that caution at the end. These cars, you can almost run them wide open those last couple laps so that kind of hampered the finish a little bit."

Was Brad Keselowski racing you too hard?

"My complaint was and I was fully intending on talking to him (Brad Keselowski) after the race regardless of anything that transpired the caution before all that. There's situations where, give a guy two inches to let him clear and don't hang on his right- rear quarter panel because they get frustrated then they get pissed off and they're going to race you hard. I said at the end of that race -- I want to do whatever it takes to make that 88's (Brad Keselowski) job the hardest to get around me. I'll block to let the 32 (Kyle Busch) win if I have to because of the way he raced me earlier in the race. If a guy has got everything but two inches on me, let him go because he's got there for a reason and I got there many times on him earlier in the race. Then he would slide up in the middle and then he would get a good run off the corner, but besides that it was almost at the end of the race and I had a great run on the top on him. I was up there next to his door and he slid up all the way from the bottom, all the way to the top and cut my nose off. That pisses drivers off and I learned as a rookie that if you make a guy that's been doing this a little bit longer and you make their job hard then they're going to make yours 10 times harder. Brad (Keselowski) has enough talent to be in this Cup series, no doubt he'll be there in a few years, but I don't know if it's just these short races that he's been in -- you just shouldn't race like that. You can, but it will hurt you in the future."

Was it justified to hit the 88 (Brad Keselowski) under caution?

"Ask him first -- I retaliated. I didn't retaliate based on what happened earlier in the race."

How much hard core racing is too hard core?

"I definitely think that under caution is completely inappropriate in my opinion."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing