Hamlin picked up 4 wins in his first 5 years at Pocono; 14 races later, he’s yet to win as the cars, rules and track continues to change
Unloading fast is crucial in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. When cars are separated by tenths of a second through the field. Starting off fast, is a huge part of winning races.
To do that, you need a good notebook and baseline setup off the truck. However, it’s hard to get that when everything changes from year to year.
“We’re going to win sooner rather than later,” Denny Hamlin tells Fox Sports following practice.
“Different rules, different cars, different surface. Every time we race here, something different.”
“So, you really can’t rely on past notes like you used to. From 2006 to 2010, not much changed within the cars and the race track surface itself, mostly.”
“So, you’re able to kind of lean on some things. Then, we started shifting and things really changed, the whole dynamic of the race I guess you could say.”
“You adapt to it. Still, it’s been a great race track for us. We were really good here in the July race last year.”
“Today, has already started pretty well for us.”
Denny Hamlin picked up his first career win at Pocono Raceway. He’s picked up 3 win since then. However, his last win came in 2010.
Since 2010, Hamlin has collected 3 top-5 runs at the tricky triangle in 14 attempts. He best finish came last July where he finished in 4th.
He started off on the right foot this morning. Hamlin jumped to the top of the board in the first practice. He completed the opening practice round in 7th.
Related: Pocono – Practice 1 Results