Pocono: Denny Hamlin preview

Pocono Chassis -- JGR 267 & 256: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 267 this weekend in Pocono. This car has two starts this season -- Martinsville and Darlington -- and has ended each race in Victory Lane. JGR 256 will serve as the backup...

Pocono Chassis -- JGR 267 & 256: The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 267 this weekend in Pocono. This car has two starts this season -- Martinsville and Darlington -- and has ended each race in Victory Lane. JGR 256 will serve as the backup this weekend.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION -- Pocono Raceway:

Can you put a tough night in Charlotte behind you and look ahead or does it interrupt momentum?: "We'll move past it quickly. It was a situation where we had a good car and we could have run well there but we had some damage and couldn't recover. We continued to work on it and we made our way back into the top-20 and that was about as good as we were going to do on that night. It was still a good team effort to finish where we did. It was too bad because I felt going in we had a car that could be really good at Charlotte. Of course we like going to Pocono but there are no guarantees. We expect to be competitive because we have some history there and I think as a team we are bringing really good cars to the race track every week -- but we don't expect anything these days."

What is it about Pocono for you and this #11 team?: "Pocono is really unlike any other track. The turns all have their own characteristics but they are all relatively flat and those are the kinds of corners that I feel I am the best on. Turn one is a very wide sweeping corner but it's got a little bit of banking to it. So, you need to have a car that basically will stay up in the banking. The second corner, the tunnel turn, is very flat and it's very fast. That's really where you can gain a lot of time on guys. And you know -- it drives a lot like a road course kind of corner. And the other corner is like a short track -- almost like Phoenix in turns three and four - it's very flat and very wide and it comes out sweeping to the long straight away. It's a lot like a mixture of different race tracks, a track that rewards a guy who is very smooth on corner entry and I think that's where it kind of plays into my strengths. Pocono is also tricky because it's easy to overlook how complex the track is and how fast you are moving. We had our spin there in that first race and it could have easily ended our race with just a little more damage and each year it seems like someone has a big hit so you can't take anything for granted at Pocono. If you lose focus it will make life tough for you."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin