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“Better Than Anyone” – Denny Hamlin Boasts the “Level of Talent” Bubba Wallace Possesses as He Heads to the Daytona 500

Published 02/10/2023, 1:31 PM EST

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Bubba Wallace has been in NASCAR for a while now. Despite him winning two races throughout his career, his boss, Denny Hamlin, believes he still has promise. During a recent interview, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and 23XI Racing’s co-owner revealed that even he did not know how much talent Wallace had until he saw him perform last year.

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During the interview, Hamlin stated, “Let’s face it. I think he performed his average finish as good, as better than anyone. He drove the 45 car to the top 10 in points last year. So he took a step that, I’m not even sure I was aware of that level of talent that he’s got. And I think he’s very, very motivated this year to go win a lot of races.”


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Hamlin believes that this season would be a major breaking point for Wallace. He also thinks that Wallace might be able to pick up a few more wins this year. With Daytona 500 right around the corner, the 29-year-old would be eager to add to his winning tally.

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After a rather successful campaign last year. Now, as per his boss, Denny Hamlin, the 23XI Racing driver is motivated to go ahead and capture as many victories as he can. Last year, Wallace showcased his talent in Kansas when he drove the 45 car to victory lane, edging out Hamlin, to the finish line.

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Despite a poor start to the 2022 season, Wallace quickly made ground and started performing at the top of the field near the end of the season. However, he wasn’t able to get himself into the playoffs. Instead, he was called in to drive the #45 car of Kurt Busch for the owner’s championship in the playoffs. Wallace performed exceptionally, landing the team in the top 10s in points.


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Ending the last season on a high, Wallace is surely pumped for this season. He would have even picked up a win at the La Coliseum exhibition race if he hadn’t spun around. However, the official season is yet to begin. We hope that Wallace can continue his top form and grab as many wins as possible this season.

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Srijan Mandal


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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.
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Ranvijay Singh