Martinsville: Hamiln post qualifying interview

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 2nd Can you talk about having such a great qualifying lap at a track in your backyard? "It was a good lap for us. Obviously, we were really good in practice...

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 2nd

Can you talk about having such a great qualifying lap at a track in your backyard?

"It was a good lap for us. Obviously, we were really good in practice we felt like and had some room for adjustment there. I missed my marks on my first lap and that typically was about one-tenth faster than what our second laps were. I felt like we were good. It was just a little driver error there and we had to kind of regroup in that second lap and kind of pull something at least salvageable together and it was good enough for where we ended up. It just tells us we have a car that is that versatile is going to be good for us on Sunday."

How would it make you feel if Martinsville were to lose a race date? Would you join with the other racers to fight to keep it?

"Yeah, I definitely like coming here to Martinsville. It always has a great crowd here. It always promotes really great racing, even in the past years. There have really just never been any runaway races. It's just a tough race track. When we come here we know the racing is tough. It is a track that most everyone looks forward to. You got to kind of go with the economy and see how things are going, but you always want to keep to your roots and this is where it all pretty much started."

When you come here do you measure how good you are by the 24 (Jeff Gordon) and the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) because of the success they've had at this track?

"I'm usually the guy that runs right behind them it seems like. When those guys were on and winning races here I was always in the mix. It was the 24 (Jeff Gordon), 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and the 11 (Denny Hamlin). Those are the kind of the cars that have run good here in the past. I feel like there is really not going to be much difference when it comes around this time. I think maybe we're a little bit more prepared for those guys this year, though. I think our cars are working a little bit better and maybe theirs aren't working as well as they were last year at this time. So maybe we have something for them this time around. Definitely, when we come here we know we've got to pay attention to the 48, 24 and you're always going to kind of have a wild card in there -- a couple cars that kind of pop in there and run good. Typically, we know when we come here we can run top-three and usually those two cars are the cars you are going to have to beat. I don't see it really being any exception this time around."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing