A mechanical failure final week at Homestead-Miami Speedway compelled Denny Hamlin out of the race early, leaving him 17 factors under the cutoff to advance to NASCAR’s title-deciding finale at Phoenix Raceway.
Regardless of being 17 factors behind within the playoff standings, Hamlin hopes to show round his playoff possibilities on this weekend’s eighth elimination race at Martinsville Speedway.
Talking to the media about his possibilities this weekend, Denny Hamlin stated he has been in conditions like this many occasions and carried out effectively, identical to he did in Phoenix in 2019. He sees these kinds of conditions as a possibility to indicate one thing nice.
“Right here is a chance. Certain, we have had our backs towards the wall in conditions the place we needed to win or actually get quite a lot of factors to make it to the ultimate 4.
“Traditionally, we have performed very effectively in these conditions. Apart from Ross’ transfer final yr, we had been behind and dominated and had been on a roll. Win 2019 in Phoenix to get in,” stated Hamlin, quoted by speedwaymedia.
“We did effectively. So I positively like these alternatives. I would not select it over being on the forefront, as I stated, however there may be definitely a possibility to indicate what you stand for.”
The 42-year-old skilled driver entered the play-offs as one of many favorites to succeed in the final 4 races. He has had an awesome 2023 NASCAR season, however must earn factors and even perhaps win to advance to the race in Phoenix.
“I can not consider a greater observe that fits me” – Denny Hamlin returns to his favourite observe this weekend
Joe Gibbs Racing driver returned to the observe the place he received a number of races, and that fits his racing model.
Denny Hamlin has 5 wins at Martinsville Speedway, together with the Xfinity 500 in 2009 and 2010. He additionally has 18 top-5s and 24 top-10s with a median end of 10.3 on the paperclip-shaped brief observe.
At a pre-race convention, the place he was requested if he has one of the best probability to win at Martinsville given his success on the observe, Hamlin responded:
“The ball is in our court docket. We will management our personal future so long as we win the race. I want it had been that straightforward.
“I want it was simply primarily based on velocity and stuff like that, however there are quite a lot of different elements, however I definitely cannot consider a greater observe that fits me, my model and my group.” (through speedway media)
Watch Denny Hamlin at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 29, 2023.