Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/14/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Denny Hamlin (L), driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, talks with teammate Joey Logano (R), driver of the #20 Home Depot Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2009 in Avondale, AZ. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Although Denny Hamlin's criticism of the new Gen-6 race car drew heavy attention and a hefty fine from NASCAR, most drivers think it's too early to make any negative judgment about their new rides. In fact, this weekend's race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the Gen-6's first real chance to show what it's got. NASCAR and its three manufacturers built the new car largely to improve racing on 1.5-mile tracks like the oval in Vegas, where Brad Keselowski will start from the pole on Sunday. While Hamlin's pessimism got headlines this week largely because NASCAR spotlighted it by fining him $25,000, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are among the drivers who are encouraged by their early experience in the new cars.
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