Homestead: Hamlin post race press conference

DENNY HAMLIN , No. 11 FedEx Monte Carlo SS, finished third in the race and 12th in the season-ending standings THE MODERATOR: Denny, third place finish tonight, you had a few wins this season. Your thoughts about your season this...

DENNY HAMLIN , No. 11 FedEx Monte Carlo SS, finished third in the race and 12th in the season-ending standings

THE MODERATOR: Denny, third place finish tonight, you had a few wins this season. Your thoughts about your season this year?

DENNY HAMLIN: It was good up until the Chase started, for sure. We were right there, second or third in points most of the year. And, you know, we just failed to get the job done when it counted. Both driver and, you know, just it didn't ?? things didn't work out in our favor when it came down to the last 10.

It was nothing to do with performance. On the racetrack, things were really good. It just seemed like with a few laps to go with every race, we found ourselves in trouble, so...

It's a good accomplishment. We made the Chase both years that we tried. And now this is yet another good finish for us to build on for Daytona.

Q: I guess seeing what Jimmie did this year change the sort of thinking about the Chase, the whole idea that you can't make mistakes? Or was this just one of those times where it was an aberration and nobody's ever going to do that kind of thing again, win four in a row, do you think?

DENNY HAMLIN: This year, Hendrick Motorsports came out of the Chase stronger than anybody. And the way they came out of the Chase to win that many races, if you consider it, it's something that usually doesn't happen that that often.

I don't think the philosophy needs to change as far as you approach the Chase. He just put together that strong of a run, and there is nothing you can do about it. It wasn't a boring Chase, it wasn't a blowout. But to see a guy win ten races in one season, I thought that era was over.

So Jimmie should be congratulated. That team and the way they performed, they put together a stretch run that will probably never be matched.

Q: (Indiscernible).

DENNY HAMLIN: Well, I hadn't had any success the last few weeks. So I figured I'd go back to late model to see if I could win a race. So things just a little bit of wanting to get back to see some old friends that I used to race with.

Since I got the next week off, I ain't got to go to the banquet anyway, I guess, I'll go racing.

-credit: gm racing

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