Dover: Denny Hamlin preview

Dover Chassis -- JGR 259 & 256: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 259 this weekend in Dover. This car made four starts in 2009 and recorded second-place finishes at both Loudon and Texas. JGR 256 will serve as the backup this weekend -- it ...

Dover Chassis -- JGR 259 & 256: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 259 this weekend in Dover. This car made four starts in 2009 and recorded second-place finishes at both Loudon and Texas. JGR 256 will serve as the backup this weekend -- it started four races in 2009 and posted three top-five finishes.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Dover International Speedway:

Three wins already in 2010 -- not a bad way to start the season: "It's been good but, and I know I speak for the entire FedEx team, this is just the beginning. We are running well right now but we still feel like the best is yet to come from us. We've been working on new cars and maybe even assumed that our start to the season would be slow but we would pick up through the summer and into the fall so to be really competitive now, to win three races already at this point of the season, is something to be proud of but it's also really motivating as we look ahead. We just want to keep getting better."

That was quite a weekend at Darlington -- where does that rank in your experiences?: "It was great. To go there and win two races was great for me and for both the Cup and the Nationwide teams. I know how hard everyone is working to build good cars and that is the payoff, to be in victory lane at the end of the night. Knowing how hard it is to win races in both series, it made for a special weekend and I hope it gives both teams a ton of confidence moving forward."

Dover is tricky place -- what do you expect going back there?: "I look at Dover as a faster version of Bristol. That's about the best comparison you can make. Dover is a really unique place - from the surface to the banking to the pit road. It's a unique challenge for the teams to go there but it's a place where we've run pretty well in the past even though our results don't show that. Dover is a physical track that tests you in the driver's seat with steep banking and really severe transitions in and out of the corners but it does give you a lot of passing opportunities. There are multiple grooves there and you can find a place to make your car work. Ideally you can run the bottom and pass that way. If you have the car right, you normally have to take your time, wait and find a place where you are better and make the pass. There is so much load on the car so the cars aren't as aero-dependant as they are at other fast tracks so you can run behind someone and not lose the front end. That makes for really good racing."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin