Hamlin Eyes New Hampshire Sweep

Denny Hamlin

“I didn't think we had the best car here earlier this year, but we found a way to win and that was really important." (Photo: Getty Images)

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A win in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 would give Denny Hamlin a 2017 sweep at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver took the checkered flag in July when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made its first visit of the year to the 1.058-mile track. Hamlin would like nothing better than to find himself in Victory Lane again on Sunday.
 
“Yeah, it's obviously a great race track for us and we've performed really well here,” Hamlin said Friday at New Hampshire. “I didn't think we had the best car here earlier this year, but we found a way to win and that was really important.
 
“Hopefully, we have a little bit better car, give ourselves a better chance to win, because we can't always count on our competitors to make mistakes and that's kind of what happened this time around, so we'll try to get the best car possible and see if we can't capitalize.”
 
Hamlin started out the playoffs last week with a fourth place finish in the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. His plan is to continue putting together a string of solid finishes throughout the playoff schedule and advance while all the while pursuing as many wins as possible.
 
His next opportunity comes at New Hampshire, which technically isn’t a short track by it’s more than one mile designation but still carries many of the same characteristics.
 
“Really this is a one-mile short track – it's flat and that's typically where we have excelled throughout my career,” he said. “That's probably why, but we still need to get better. I thought over the last few races here, we haven't been a top-three car. We've been a top-five, but not a top-three and I've got some notes that I'll try to improve on this time around.”
 
There is one challenge for Hamlin should he pick up another checkered flag Sunday. He’s not a fan of lobsters, including the giant one race winners receive in New Hampshire’s Victory Lane.
 
"Yeah, I've never really liked them to begin with,” Hamlin said.
 
“I don't like the taste of them. I don't – I just don't like looking at them. They have pincers really, so I don't like anything that's ugly and has pincers. I don't know – it's just a big scorpion in my mind. I try to stay away from them and yeah, I've had some interesting moments with them for sure that I don't care to recall or bring back up.”

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