DENNY HAMLIN , No. 32 Haas Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 2nd How was your run tonight? "We had a really, really good car. It just had so many problems yesterday and today only running three laps of practice and ...
, No. 32 Haas Avocados from Mexico Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
How was your run tonight?
"We had a really, really good car. It just had so many problems yesterday and today only running three laps of practice and only a half a lap of qualifying. Something broke every single time. To come back the way we did, it was a great performance by the race team and a great race car. We were just able to battle back there. I felt like we had something there for Kyle (Busch), but needed a caution or something, anything would have worked. I was looking all over the race track for some kind of debris but couldn't find anything."
How was the first night race at Chicagoland?
"It's tough to say what kind of advantage the guys will have that ran today versus tomorrow. I don't think it's any different than any other race that we've done. The track was still slick at night. The one thing that I did notice is the lap times definitely did pick up at night. The speeds picked up and it seemed like the cars got more even. It seemed like we were a lot faster than guys at the beginning of the race when the track was hot and slick. It became less of a handling race track into the night."
How strong is the JGR No. 18 team?
"Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) definitely does a good job and the advantage they do have is they can concentrate more on the races that they are going to run instead of running a full schedule, they can really go forward with the races that they have. I think that makes them extra potent, even more so than normal and they obviously have a great driver behind there."
Were you just waiting for something to happen in order to have the chance to win tonight?
"On the pull of my hand I can count the times that I have had the break that really put me in position to win a race. It seems like there's a lot of things that keep them from winning. That's just circumstances. I'm still early in my career and hopefully later on it will pay me back, hopefully in the last 10 races of the Cup Series. You look for anything, but the thing is once everyone gets spread out and everyone gets settled in, it's hard for a wreck to really happen because these cars are very stable. They're all running about the same speed so there's not a whole lot of passing because of the spacer plate that we have. We're running almost wide open in these cars. When you do that it kind of forms up like a superspeedway race only we're not running in a bunch. We're all spread out throughout the entire race track, so that's why you don't see as many cautions this year as what you have in the past."
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