Talladega: Hamlin post qualifying interview

DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED THIRD: "WHAT MAKES TONY STEWART SO GOOD AT THIS TYPE OF RACING AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM HIM? "Tony does a good job in keeping his runs. When he does get a run, he finds ways of...

DENNY HAMLIN, NO. 11 FEDEX MONTE CARLO SS - QUALIFIED THIRD:

"WHAT MAKES TONY STEWART SO GOOD AT THIS TYPE OF RACING AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM HIM?

"Tony does a good job in keeping his runs. When he does get a run, he finds ways of keeping the car wound up. And that's one thing I think I've gotten a lot better at. Things that he has told me that helps and doesn't help. It's a lot like (Dale Earnhardt) Sr used to be. You see a lot of guys today that get runs and pass a car or two, but those two guys did such a good job of keeping their momentum up and keeping that thing wound out and once you do that, it's really unstoppable until someone is slow enough in front of you where you have to either run into him or just let off and not cause a wreck. I think that's what makes him so good."

WHAT IS THE VISION ISSUE YOU'RE HAVING WITH THESE CARS?

"The cars are running so tight and so close to each other that you're not seeing any of the race track so it's hard for you to really judge are you holding your line or not? When you're running in a straight line and you've got a car right dead in front of you and one both diagonally and you can't see the racing surface. So when a guy is getting close to you, is he swerving into you or are you going down into him. So that's what is really complicated in this type of racing. Superspeedway racing has always been like that. But with so much grip, the cars are running so much closer together, it's just magnified. Yesterday was probably the wildest I've ever seen any kind of superspeedway practice. And it's kind of tell-tale what it's going to be tomorrow."

ON SHRUGGING OFF THE BIG ONE, WHY IS IT ACCEPTABLE?

"I don't know. We always talk about the ways of how we're going to prevent it, and it's just not going to happen. Until we either run around here and have to let off - and of course if we did that, we'd have to run around here at 250 mph and the cars would have to be spread out. There is no way of avoiding the big one. That's why you see wrecks on every other race track, Phoenix, for instance, on re-starts. The cars are just close to each other and they're going to hit each other. And when you get 35 or 40 of them all in a pack, they're going to hit each other. So there is really no way to avoid it without the cars being spread out all around the race track. Then, who would want to watch?"

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt