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Hamlin: No need for Chase updates during race

September 03, 2011, Mark Aumann,

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Fresh off a top-10 at Bristol, driver wants to leave Atlanta with same momentum

When it comes to where he's running in the Chase, Denny Hamlin doesn't want constant updates over his radio.

His focus in Sunday night's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be on what he can control.

"We're getting down to it now to where I can pretty much count the points in my head."


"I know what we have to do and I know what guys we're racing," Hamlin said Saturday. "No, I don't need to know. Last week, the only thing I got updated with was the cars [that were multiple] laps down.

"We need to just get us a good finish here and we're going to have a great day. That's the only thing I really want to know about. We're getting down to it now to where I can pretty much count the points in my head, every car I see in front or behind me."

Hamlin's never won in 11 Atlanta starts, but he's definitely been a contender. Last fall, Hamlin won the pole and led 74 laps before being sidelined with engine issues. Coming off a seventh-place finish at Bristol, he's hoping to not only make the Chase, but carry momentum into the 10-race playoff.

"If we continue from last week and this week, we're going to be going into the Chase on an upswing," Hamlin said. "You'd rather do that than try to figure out, 'OK, we won some races at the beginning of the year, why aren't we running good any more?'

"A few teams are like that right now. I'd rather sneak in, but be dangerous than be locked in two weeks ago and still trying to figure out how we're going to be competitive with 10 races to go."