Denny Hamlin Opens Up on His Chances of a Daytona 500 Hat-Trick

Published 02/07/2021, 3:05 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Denny Hamlin is on the verge of creating history at the Daytona 500. The NASCAR veteran has won the iconic NASCAR race in 2019 and in 2020. Even though Richard Petty is the king of Daytona with seven wins, he has never achieved a hat-trick of wins. Now, Hamlin is on the verge of achieving it.

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Recently, he spoke to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about gunning for his third successive win. He said, “I think it’s as difficult as it’s ever been. The cars are closer together, especially with the aerodynamic package that we have now. It creates huge holes in the air, there’s more attrition than there’s ever been, more wrecks.”

According to the veteran, the likelihood of getting in an accident is higher than ever. Denny Hamlin also admitted that there is an element of luck involved as well. However, he also said that luck alone will not help, but drivers also need skills to finish the race.

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What else did Denny Hamlin say?

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver confessed that very few people get lucky at the Daytona 500. This is because they have to make certain moves to enjoy some success. At the end of the day, it is a matter of being able to get to that stage of the race.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Coming to his own form at the track, Hamlin was amazed that he performed so well. This is especially evident in the last five or six years, and he hopes to carry on that momentum. On the other side of the argument, Denny Hamlin said that the law of averages could mean that some bad luck may be due.

However, he will take things one step at a time. Hopefully, the #11 driver is able to complete his hat-trick and be the first driver to achieve this feat. If he does manage it, he will definitely go down in history.

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