Hamlin Ready for Anything

Denny Hamlin

"It definitely has the potential to be pretty crazy on restarts knowing that you have some agendas out there that will be a win or nothing." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Denny Hamlin believes Sunday’s Cam-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway has the potential to be a wild affair.
 
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is among the five competitors vying for the final spot in the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin trails Brad Keselowski for the final transfer berth by 19 points with Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson behind him in the playoff race.
 
With so much on the line, Hamlin is preparing for a no holds barred afternoon of racing on Sunday.
 
“Who knows how it's going to turn out?,” Hamlin said Friday at Phoenix. “Honestly, there's five of us that probably feels like we need to or there's four of us that need to feel like we need to win to get in. Like I say, until the first half of the race plays out, we don't know what we need to do. I think we'll have a better idea after those first two stages.
 
“But then I think it's what strategy do you take for that final restart – do you stay out or do you pit? It definitely has the potential to be pretty crazy on restarts knowing that you have some agendas out there that will be a win or nothing.”
 
While winning automatically puts Hamlin in with Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in next week’s championship field, he hasn’t ruled out being able to get by Keselowski by points to claim the final spot.
 
“I mean, we beat him by 15 points last week and he only finished two spots behind us, so I mean it’s possible for sure,” Hamlin said. “It just depends on how the first part of the race plays out, honestly.”
 
But Hamlin is confident that should the outcome of Sunday’s race come down to the final laps, drivers will do whatever necessary to win and advance including himself.
 
“I mean, you do everything you can,” he said.  “I sensed how important it was in the first race of this round, much less the last race of this round. I don't know how much different you would do. I mean, you try to do everything you can to win. There's several different ways to do it. We've seen any way from guys just winning races to something like Ryan Newman did with one lap to go a few years ago.
 
“Drivers become desperate when you know that this could be your final lap contending for a championship.”
 
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" will have live coverage of Sunday's Can-Am 500, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET) - with live streaming at MRN.com and on the MRN App.  

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