Kansas: Denny Hamlin preview

Kansas Chassis -- JGR 285 and 270: The team will unload JGR 285 -- a new car from the JGR stable this weekend at Kansas. JGR 270, a winner at Texas in April, will serve as the backup. HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Kansas Speedway: The Chase...

Kansas Chassis -- JGR 285 and 270: The team will unload JGR 285 -- a new car from the JGR stable this weekend at Kansas. JGR 270, a winner at Texas in April, will serve as the backup.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Kansas Speedway:

The Chase features tracks that you only visit once a season, how does that affect your preparation -- both in terms of the car and for you behind the wheel?: "It's a different situation, really. It seems that every time we finish a race in the first half of the season we talk about what we can learn when we come back in the fall or come back in the Chase. Obviously we don't have that luxury here and I think it does play a factor in our performance but it's not really a concern for us. We work hard to prepare for every race and there are things we can do in the shop but I think a situation like this means you'll see us get every minute and every lap we can out of the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. There are things we can plan for in the shop but we depend a lot on what we learn on the track, in the conditions we'll be racing in."

Each year that passes puts your Cup debut deeper in memory, do you remember that weekend?: "I'll never forget that weekend because everything was happening so fast and then I was here in Kansas with the #11 FedEx team and making my first start in a Cup car. It was an amazing experience and I think about how close it was to being a really good weekend. I wrecked the primary in qualifying after a really good first lap and we were really good in the race until we cut a tire. If you would have told me that weekend I would be coming back here five years later running as well as we are and leading the points, I am sure I would have laughed at you and wouldn't have been the only one."

You pointed to getting through New Hampshire and Dover as key to your Chase hopes -- are you satisfied with where you are heading to Kansas?: "Well I would say we could have been in even better shape with a couple of wins but just knowing how we've performed at those tracks in the past, we did what we had to do to put ourselves in a good place looking ahead. There are no easy races in the Chase, just those that you look forward to more than others."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin