Brett Griffin Reveals Why Denny Hamlin is the “Modern Day Dale Earnhardt” With Bubba Wallace Example

Published 08/10/2022, 3:50 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 26: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, waves to fans during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

James Dennis Alan Hamlin or better known as Denny Hamlin is one of the finest drivers in NASCAR today. Having given 18 years to the Cup Series and taken part in around 600 races, one should hold him as one of the greatest to grace the sport. However, is Hamlin as good as Dale Earnhardt Sr? Brett Griffin explains.

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Talking about the comparison between Dale Sr and Denny Hamlin, the NASCAR spotter stated, “Denny Hamlin is a modern-day Dale Earnhardt.”

He’s the only driver in the field that is driving his car for a team owner, who also has other entries in the race that he owns obviously.”

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“Let me rephrase that. 23XI is the modern-day DEI.”

And if you go back and watch in a blink of an eye, Michael Waltrip’s documentary, he talks about Dale Senior sitting down with Dale Junior and himself Michael and three of them agreeing to work together at these plate races,” Griffin further stated in 263rd episode of Door Bumper Clear.

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Then we saw what DEI’s success was over the years when Michael and Dale Junior working together like. I think Denny is in a situation like this and I think Denny is smart enough to know this.”

“When he gets to Daytona, who needs the win? Him or Bubba Wallace? I think it’s Bubba Wallace,” Brett concluded.

Jul 24, 2022; Long Pond, Pennsylvania, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) leads a pack of cars during the M&MÕS Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Sr, a perfect comparison?

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Talking about Dale Earnhardt Sr, it’s not surprising for a NASCAR fan to know his contribution to the sport. Regarded as one of the strongest names in NASCAR history, Dale Sr has a name for himself that is widely accepted and respected.

Apr 3, 2022; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Dale Sr co-owned a NASCAR team named Dale Earnhardt Inc. or DEI. DEI tasted immense success on the track as it picked up four driver’s championships, and 95 race victories in all categories including 24 Cup Series wins.

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Similarly, Denny Hamlin also co-owns a team named 23XI Racing, with Bubba Wallace as one of the leading drivers. Even though Hamlin’s team is yet to touch the milestone of DEI, Brett Griffin thinks they’re on the same path.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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