#11-Denny Hamlin won the Bluegreen Vacations 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway. His post-race interviews:
Denny, somehow you did it. The drive of a lifetime. The whole team here meeting you. You raced your way into Homestead.
DENNY HAMLIN: I can’t believe it. This race team worked so hard this whole year. They deserve to be there. I put them in a bad hole last week. I told them today in the meeting, I said, I’m going to give everything I’ve got to make up for the mistake I made last week. That’s all I got.
When that caution came out, the frustration was real. How were you trying to manage with the last restart?
DENNY HAMLIN: I’ve been through so many Playoffs, so many things that go wrong. This year I’m waiting for the right next thing to go happen. I can’t thank this FedEx Ground team enough, Toyota. I don’t have words yet. I’m going to have to do a little bit more donuts. I’m not done yet, then go to Homestead.
Best drive of your career, Denny.
DENNY HAMLIN: One of the best cars of my career, I can tell you that. Fast car. But, yeah, I pushed for all I had. I mean, that’s all I got. Once we got the big lead there, a little over 10 seconds, I just kind of sat there. I got to thinking about if the caution does come out, I want to lap as many as I can.
That’s all we had, so… Proud of this whole FedEx racing team, proud of Toyota for locking up the manufacturers championship this week. Toyota, the Jordan Brand, Little Big Burger, the entire FedEx group for an unbelievable team.
You downplayed it all week long. Honestly, were the nerves there understanding how big this moment was for your career?
DENNY HAMLIN: Yeah, I mean, I try not to put too much into it. There’s still work to be done. Doesn’t guarantee a championship. Gives us a chance. Live to fight another day. That’s all you can ask for.
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