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2013 Daytona 500 (Unlimited): Denny Hamlin NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Feb 13, 2013 - 05:34 PM
2013 Daytona 500 (Unlimited): Denny Hamlin NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

Event: Sprint Unlimited
Date/Time: Feb. 16/8:10 p.m. ET
2011 winner: Kyle Busch
2011 polesitter: Martin Truex Jr.
Distance: 75 laps/187.5 miles
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Banking: 31 degrees
Track Shape: Tri-Oval


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Sprint Unlimited Preview: Denny Hamlin will make his eighth-career start in the Sprint Unlimited (formerly Budweiser Shootout) in 2013. The prestigious pre-season exhibition race features the previous season’s Coors Light pole award winners and past Unlimited winners. Hamlin qualified as both a past winner (2006) and pole award winner in 2012, recording the fastest-qualifying lap three times last season (Fontana, Indianapolis and Dover).

Hamlin won the race in his first attempt in 2006, becoming the only rookie to ever drive to Victory Lane since the event’s inception in 1979. Hamlin qualified for the event after recording a pole at Phoenix in 2005 -- when he only competed in seven races. He led 16 of 72 laps en route to the win, kick starting his ‘Rookie of the Year’ season.

Hamlin has four top-10 finishes in seven Sprint Unlimited starts, including a fifth-place finish one year ago in his first race with crew chief Darian Grubb.

What is your goal for this season?

“Our goals haven’t changed from one year to the next. We look at it and we think we need to win at least six to seven races. That’s where we feel like we’ll be this year. And, we need to fill up the stat column with the proper amount of top-fives and 10’s that you need to win a championship. The champion is not going to go out there and win one or two races for the year. They’re going to be the guys that win consistently. We’ve done that over the last few years, but we haven’t had reliability to win a championship. So, that’s been the focus of this race team, really, all off-season.”

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