Martinsville II: Denny Hamlin preview

Hamlin at Martinsville Speedway: This weekend will mark Hamlin's eleventh career Sprint Cup start at Martinsville Speedway and he returns to southern Virginia as the winner of the past two races at the half-mile track. HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- ...

Hamlin at Martinsville Speedway: This weekend will mark Hamlin's eleventh career Sprint Cup start at Martinsville Speedway and he returns to southern Virginia as the winner of the past two races at the half-mile track.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Martinsville:

You come back to Martinsville as the two-time defending race winner -- what is it about this track that suits you?: "It's really a combination of things. I have raced here more than I have raced at any other track when you consider total laps. Growing up in Virginia I had the chance to race here in some other series and all that track time definitely gave me a comfort level at Martinsville. That carried over to trucks and Nationwide Series and now to the Cup Series. I feel really confident at this track and I know we bring great cars -- those things together usually lead to success. It's also a lot of pressure because this is a race we circled as one where we expect to be really competitive."

What is the key to success at Martinsville?: "It definitely starts with having confidence there. It's not an easy place to race so you know you are in for a battle. It's really tight and there is no room for error. For me it's always been about braking at Martinsville -- that is where I find I have an advantage. You are always searching for grip coming off the turn there but if you can be smooth in and get the car situated on entry, you put yourself in much better position getting back to the throttle. You also have to be very patient. It's not an easy place to pass so you have to take the oppprtunities when you have them -- you don't want to be in position like I was last year, needing to make up a lot of ground in just a few laps."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin