Hamlin Fights Brake Troubles to Finish 16th in Hometown Tussle Richmond, Va. - Denny Hamlin drove the Team EJP Racing No. 03 Decoma/Joe Gibbs Performance Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race...
Hamlin Fights Brake Troubles to Finish 16th in Hometown Tussle
Richmond, Va. - Denny Hamlin drove the Team EJP Racing No. 03 Decoma/Joe Gibbs Performance Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Thursday at Richmond International Raceway. Hamlin, from nearby Chesterfield, Virginia, fought brake problems to stay on the lead lap all evening and picked up his second career top-20 finish in two NCTS starts.
"Overall, I would say that's not a bad night," Hamlin said. "We lost the brakes on the second lap of the race. To not have any brakes and run the rest of the night, and not put a scratch on the truck, is pretty good."
Hamlin started the event 28th, and with the brake problems right off the start quickly dropped to 34th in the running order. However, after making some adjustments to his driving style, he started picking up positions.
"When you don't have the braking power you need, you need to make adjustments to how you drive the track to get around," Hamlin said. "Once we figured out the best way to get around the track, we could start making up some positions again."
With Hamlin's hometown race now in the books, the Team EJP Racing team now prepares for their "home" race, the Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The team is one of the several NCTS teams based outside of the Charlotte, N.C., area, with its shops located in Gardiner, Maine.
"It's back to back home races for us," Hamlin said. "This week it was my big race, and next week is the team's big race. I know Steve (Prescott, Team EJP Racing owner and president of Everett J. Prescott, Inc.) will have a lot of employees and customers at New Hampshire. You always hear people talk about how important their hometown race is. The Prescott family has such a rich tradition in the Northeast that there is a lot of pressure on us all to go up and have a good run."
The Sylvania 200 is scheduled to go green shortly after 1 P.M. Eastern this Saturday and will be broadcast live on Speed Channel. It will also be broadcast on select radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network and can be heard on NASCAR Radio 144 on XM Satellite Radio.