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New Hampshire Raceway Chassis -- JGR 263 and 256: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 263 this weekend in New Hampshire. This car has a single start to date, registering a third-place finish in Phoenix in the fall of 2009. JGR 256 will serve...

New Hampshire Raceway Chassis -- JGR 263 and 256: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 263 this weekend in New Hampshire. This car has a single start to date, registering a third-place finish in Phoenix in the fall of 2009. JGR 256 will serve as the backup this weekend -- it started four races in 2009 and posted three top-five finishes.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- New Hampshire: Tough week in Sonoma after two consecutive wins -- are you looking forward to getting back on an oval?: "It was a long day for sure but it happens to every team at some point and it just comes down to limiting those types of races and moving past them. We're actually pretty good on road courses so it's too bad that we weren't able to show it and keep a good streak alive but we know heading to New Hampshire that it's a track where we have won before and where we are usually pretty good off the truck. The best way to put a bad week like last week behind us is to go out and run really good the next."

What are your feelings on New Hampshire Motor Speedway? "This is a great track and a place that has been good for this team in the past. We seem to run a little better here in the summer than we do in the fall so we'll be trying to run as well as we have here in past summers but also take something with us to learn from. This track is faster than you would think so you need horsepower to take advantage of the long straights, but getting through, and off, the corner is where you win or lose at New Hampshire. It's definitely a little bit different than any other track we go to because it almost seems like it's banked in the other direction on the bottom. But you can go way up high or run on the bottom so there are some options for you to find a fast line. I like the tracks that demand you to feel your way through the corner and New Hampshire is one of those tracks. You need to find that rhythm, hit your marks getting into the corner so you can roll through the center and get back on the gas as soon as possible for the next straight. New Hampshire can be a tricky place to pass so we'll be looking to qualify close to the front because that goes a long way at this track. We know we need to be running in the top-five or top-ten all day to be in position at the end."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin