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Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

An interview with Denny Hamlin, who claimed the race win at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday night in the final race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
Denny Hamlin dominated the final third of the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday afternoon, crossing the line just under a second ahead of his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Matt Kenseth.

After celebrating in victory lane, Hamlin was joined by car owner JD Gibbs and by crew chief Darian Grubb as he spoke with the media.

Q:
We're joined by Denny Hamlin, who drove to victory tonight. This is his 23rd win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He's joined by his crew chief Darian Grubb, and team president over at Joe Gibbs Racing, JD Gibbs. This is his first win in 2013, second time he won at Homestead-Miami.

Denny, I got to believe this one is as sweet as you've had. The season you had, the adversity you faced, got to feel pretty good.

Denny Hamlin:
Yeah, it's a horrible year. I was going to be counting down the laps. You hate to say you give up, but you kind of concede the fact that we weren't going to keep the streak alive of a win every year.

I knew on my first run right away that we were going to have a shot. If the strategy didn't go our way, we fell back, but when we were able to drive back up to the front, I knew Darian gave me a car capable of winning.

As bad as the year is, we can take a little solace in this finish. Spend these next two months regrouping, getting our team back in order. I feel like there's no reason why we can't shoot out of the gates in '14 like we did in 2010 after winning here in 2009.

That was the point for us, when we won this race here in '09, confidence went through the roof. 2010 was a great season for us. Hopefully that repeats.

Q:
Darian, talk about what this can mean for the overall race team.

Darian Grubb:
It was a good day, team effort. The strategy didn't go our way after the first caution. We were the only car to stay out. But that was going to work out in our favor in the end, too, if caution had come out because we were the only team that had any tyres left. Luckily we didn't need to do that.

The pit crew did an incredible job. Their worst was a 12.3. Came out and gained positions every stop.

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