What drivers said after Denny Hamlin’s win in Bristol

By | March 18, 2024

Here’s what the drivers said next Denny Hamlin won the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin — Finished First: “That’s what I grew up doing here on the short tracks in the Mid-Atlantic, South Boston and Martinsville. Once it became a tire management race, I really liked our chances. The veteran at Martin clearly knew how to do it, just like him. Well. We just had a great car, a great team. The pit crew did a phenomenal job all day. I can’t say enough about them.’

Martin Truex Jr. — Finished second: “Yeah, I think this tire management thing fit into my wheelhouse here in Bristol. Man, the difference was just coming out of the pits so far behind Denny. I had to use mine up more on the last run. The last four, five laps of the race were tight.”

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Brad Keselowski — Finished Third: “It was interesting. Like a little short track race. You go to one of these local short tracks, that’s how you should race. Take care of your stuff. It’s refreshing. It’s different. I like that, that it takes something Every week different. That’s what makes Cup so difficult. You go there every week, some weeks you ride them until you burn them down, this week you have to take care of them.”

Alex Bowman — Finished 4th: “We made our left front tire last a little bit longer than some of the others out there. I think it was a good, solid day for the No. 48 Ally Chevy team. I feel like we had a pretty good Chevy, but we just had to roll around at half speed and try to keep it going. It reminded me a bit of Greenville Pickens (Speedway), short track racing in the East Series, or something like that. I just had to be very, very, very patient.”

Kyle Larson — Finished 5th: “Yes, it was hard, hard to find a rhythm. I felt like I got into a bit of a rhythm when I was able to run around fourth to sixth behind the Gibbs cars and pick up a bit of pace myself. I felt like I was managing my stuff well, but we never made it out for long. And the only time we got a long run was when we got the penalty and we had to go to the back and abuse my tire to get back into the top five.”

John Hunter Nemechek – Finished 6th: “I definitely think it takes you back to short track racing around the country, figuring out how to manage tires and save tires for the end. Fortunately, we succeeded. We probably had a really fast Dollar Tree Toyota Camry XSE. I rode a little too much that last long run. I probably could have finished better, but overall it was a really solid points day for this team of 42, which was needed after the last few weeks we’ve had.”

Chase Elliott – finished 8th:

Josh Berry — finished 12th: “That was a good weekend. We had good speed. I was very happy with the car, but there were obviously some issues and I’m quite speechless in that regard, but I thought we managed everything well. It seemed like we made some adjustments at the end that caused the (band) cord to snag a little bit earlier and that kind of held our hands there a little bit toward the end. But all in all it was a great effort. I think it’s a shame we didn’t make the top 10, but it was a positive day and, honestly, with everything that happened, it was a lot of fun.”

Chase Briscoe — Finished 13th: “Crazy race, by far the most crazy race I’ve ever been in, trying not to go fast at all and save your tires, and then you’d feel good and they’d just all go at once – they would It was definitely weird how to run that race, a cat and mouse game, which I think would have been a lot of fun if you didn’t have to worry about the tires blowing or blowing out.”

Ryan Preece — Finished 14th: “I would rather have everything go the way it did today than be beaten that day by someone with a faster car. Obviously they have some work to do, the (tire) wear was excessive, but we maximized our day. If the band hadn’t broken there at the end, we might have finished in the top ten, but it is what it is.”

AJ Allmendinger — finished 23rd: “We initially struggled to find the balance in our No. 16 Mtn Dew Cheetos Chevy. Combined with the tire problems the field faced, we had our hands full. I’m proud of our team and Travis [Mack] on the pit box. The way our day started didn’t look good, but we refocused as a team and made the most of our day.”

Austin Dillon — Finished 24th: “We fought hard with the No. 3 BREZTRI Chevy. It didn’t matter what we did, we just kept losing tires. We were kind of in a box there trying to save and trying to go. Man, it was a weird race. “I hate that we couldn’t keep it going because that would have been a good run if we had put ourselves in a better position.”

Daniel Hemric — finished 28th: “Many highs and lows during this long race. We had a solid second leg, but after making some contact with the wall, we were just fighting a very tight-steering Cirkul Chevy No. 31. The right front would wear out quickly, and the rear would start to disappear not long after. Hopefully we can come back in the fall for some redemption.”

Noah Gragson — finished 34th: “We put ourselves in a box there early. We picked up a lot of speed on the first run, getting to 13th by running on the outside, then cutting a right front down, or carrying the right front all the way to the cords. Came into the pit lane and got stuck a lap down. We just didn’t execute today, especially myself. Later in the race I hit the wall and ended up in the marbles. There was a lot of tire rubber. But there are no excuses. I have to get it done for the Bass Pro Shops team and I just didn’t have a good race.”

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