Richmond: Denny Hamlin preview

"No Extra Pressure Racing at Home" Hamlin Ready To Take On Richmond Gardiner, ME: With a top-10 finish in the books in their debut together, Team EJP Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Denny Hamlin look to continue their...

"No Extra Pressure Racing at Home"
Hamlin Ready To Take On Richmond

Gardiner, ME: With a top-10 finish in the books in their debut together, Team EJP Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Denny Hamlin look to continue their success together at Richmond International Raceway, where the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will run the Kroger 200 this Thursday. Hamlin drove the Team EJP Racing No. 03 Joe Gibbs Performance/Decoma Chevrolet to tenth at Indianapolis in August after qualifying seventh, and he's ready to pick up where he left off at Richmond.

"I am sure it will keep me plenty busy during the down time, but as soon as we get strapped in the Truck, it will be just like any other race," Hamlin said. "We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform every time we go out, but having your friends and family there to watch doesn't add to it at all. Once the green flag drops, you aren't thinking about who is in the grandstands."

Hamlin has won over 40 races in late model cars all across the area in the past three seasons, but one track he has never raced at is the fast three-quarter mile Richmond layout.

"We haven't had a chance to race there yet," Hamlin said. "I've watched a lot of races there though. It will be interesting with the new pavement. In the spring, it looked like the bottom was the place to be early on and then the high groove opened up late in the race. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I am looking forward to seeing what the place looks like from the driver's seat for once instead of sitting in the grandstands."

Team EJP Racing will be making their sixth start of the 2004 season at Richmond. They have racked up two top-10 finishes so far (Daytona, Indianapolis), and Hamlin qualified a season-best seventh for the team in the last race at IRP.

About Denny Hamlin:
Denny Hamlin started racing competitively at the age of 7. He won 127 kart races before moving on to stock cars at the age of 16. He became the youngest ever Mini-stock division champion at Langley Speedway, winning 12 races before moving up to Late Models. In 2000, he won the rookie of the year award at Southside Speedway in Richmond with 11 top-5 and 18 top-10 finishes. In 2002, he picked up the first win of his career in a late model and won nine more races afterward; he also had strong runs at several of the biggest late model races in the South, including a second in the 250-lap event at Myrtle Beach and a seventh in the 300-lapper at Martinsville. In 2003, he won 25 races at five different tracks across the region (Southampton, Coastal Plains, Hickory, South Boston, and Southern National), including four 200-lap races in a row at Southampton.

Over the wall crew:
Hamlin and Team EJP Racing will have the services of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Busch Series crew on Thursday evening.

About Joe Gibbs Performance: Merging his two lanes of life-passion for racing and remarkable business acumen-"Coach" Joe Gibbs presents General Motors vehicles with an exclusive, yet affordable edge for distinct driver satisfaction. The Joe Gibbs Performance0x28a7 Silverado boasts race-bred style, best-in-class engineering, beyond-peak performance. The company is owned by Gibbs' youngest son, former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Coy Gibbs.

About Team EJP Racing: Team EJP Racing is owned by Steve Prescott, and based in Gardiner, Maine. The team made its debut with a three-race schedule with Prescott behind the wheel in 2000. Since then, Steve has concentrated on building a winner as an owner. The team has run a limited schedule in 2001, 2002, and 2003 with drivers Tom Carey, Barry Bodine, Eric Jones, and Geoffrey Bodine. The team runs the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado body style and utilizes engines built by long-time NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Series, and Truck Series engine builder Mark Smith's Tri-Star Motorsports. Tri-Star Engines have powered the last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions.

About Team EJP: The Prescott Companies are the premier distributor of water, sewer, and drain pipeline materials in the Northeast and Midwest. Based in Gardiner, Maine, EJP has 25 locations in 9 states. With many pipe, sewer, and drain emergencies occurring outside of normal business hours, Team EJP has an on-call service department available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, product and service information is available on the company's website, or by calling 1-800-EJP-24HR.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Geoffrey Bodine , Coy Gibbs , Eric Jones , Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing