NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin talks about his Cup Series points duel with Kevin Harvick. Hamlin and Harvick are miles ahead of everyone and are fighting for the top spot on the points table.
This season, Harvick scored four wins, and yesterday, Hamlin ‘one-upped’ him by clinching his fifth win at Kansas.
After the race, Denny talked about the recent decision to not hold any practice and qualifying session. Additionally, he talked about his ongoing rivalry with Harvick and the challenges that dueling a driver like him pose.
He said, “You don’t feel like you are in a one-up position by beating him. And to out-duel him in the end, it’s gratifying, but it only last this week. It doesn’t give me any false confidence going forward”
After that, he talked about how his car wasn’t the fastest and he felt that others might outrun him. He said, “But (in the race) I thought that we are in trouble. I worked hard but didn’t have the all-out speed that a couple of cars had.
“It certainly looked like his (Harvick) car had that kind of speed.”
Fox NASCAR’s Bob Pockrass posted a clip from the interview on Twitter. He wrote, “Denny Hamlin says outdueling Kevin Harvick for the win is good, but it doesn’t mean anything come the playoffs or the championship:”
During the last weeks Auto Part 500, after a good start, Denny Hamlin got into an incident with Alex Bowman. It caused Hamlin to take a lot of damage and lose a couple of places.
Hamlin was only able to finish the race in the twentieth spot. Additionally, Bowman’s car was damaged in the accident and he was unable to finish the race.
However, Hamlin’s Cup Series points rival Harvick was able to get a ‘top-5’ finish and extend his lead over Hamlin.
NASCAR posted a video of Denny’s incident on Twitter.