Loudon II: Denny Hamlin preview

Hamlin, FedEx Racing Dominant in Richmond: For the second consecutive year Denny Hamlin and the ...

Hamlin, FedEx Racing Dominant in Richmond: For the second consecutive year Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Racing team put on a dominating display at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), leading the most laps and winning the 400-mile event with authority. Unlike last season, however, Hamlin and team will kick off the ten-race Chase for the Sprint Cup as the top seed -- courtesy of their six race wins to date. Hamlin charged to the front after the first caution of the night, gaining ten spots in 49 laps to grab the lead from Clint Bowyer and the Chesterfield (Va.) native would lead a total of 251 laps before taking the checkered flag. The win marks Hamlin's second win at Richmond, his sixth of the 2010 season, his 14th-career victory and, compliments of the Chase points reset, the first time the #11 FedEx Racing team has held the top spot in the Sprint Cup Series points standings. The #11 team kicks off their fifth-straight Chase effort this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

New Hampshire Raceway Chassis -- JGR 282 and 267: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 282, a new car from the JGR stable, this weekend in New Hampshire. JGR #267 will serve in backup duty.


A huge win and the lead in the points leaving Richmond -- how are you feeling ahead of this 2010 Chase?: "I like where we are and our chances in the Chase this season. This is our fifth Chase together as a team and we've learned something every year that we can put toward this season and that gives us some confidence looking ahead. We feel like we know exactly what we have to do to win and now it's on us to build really good cars and put together really good solid races. The Chase lays out for us pretty good, there are some tracks that we've struggled at, but there are a handful that we've won at or been really competitive at. If we can carry this win momentum from Richmond through Loudon and Dover, we feel like we can run with anyone over the second half of the Chase."

A lot of similarities to last season when you won at Richmond and headed into the Chase on a high note: "It is similar but this has been a different type of season for us. Last season we had two wins leaving Richmond, this season we have six and that puts in a different place for sure. We won at some tracks where we didn't run well at all last season so heading into the Chase we feel like we can be much more competitive than we were a season ago."

Five years, five Chases -- what does that say about your relationship with Mike Ford and the #11 crew?: "We've been together since my first race in the Cup series and anyone in this garage will tell you that as your relationship improves, and the more time you spend together improving communication, the better your on-track performance will be. That's the case with Mike and me, we are always improving our communication and it shows in the changes we make in practice and during the race. I am better at explaining what I am feeling, and he is better at knowing exactly what I mean. And that goes for the entire #11 crew. Not many teams have stayed together like this one has and we all take a ton of pride in that. We want to win together."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin