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Hamlin thought Goodyear had brought an improved group of tires that should help when teams return on Mother's Day weekend.
NASCAR has prohibited teams from track testing, besides sanctioned tests such as Goodyear's. Hamlin was grateful for the extra time on Darlington's egg-shaped layout, considered one of the trickiest in the sport, but wasn't sure it would translate into an advantage come May.
"The drivers in the Cup series are so good, they'll run just as fast as we will on their first lap," he said. "They'll figure out exactly what they need first corner."
Sadler, who drives a Dodge, wished teams were allowed to bring a second car to shake out the track and get it ready before testing their competition car. "That's about the only thing I'd change," he said.
Hamlin is pleased that Goodyear is doing its best to get driver input and provide the right tire at all NASCAR tracks.
"I think they're listening more to us now than what they have in the past," Hamlin said. "They're trying to get us comfortable because they know the more comfortable we are, the more side-by-side racing they're going to see."
And fewer complaints after the race.
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