Denny Hamlin’s Crew Chief Explains Why Hamlin and Other Top NASCAR Drivers Are So Successful

Published 03/07/2021, 10:30 PM EST
HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 23: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, walks through the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23, 2018 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Recently, Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Chris Gabehart sat down to speak to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. In his conversation, he opened up about his ward, Denny Hamlin. To be precise, Gabehart touched upon why Hamlin and other top-class drivers are so successful in their craft.

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He said, “Joe Gibbs Racing has a long history of it. Joe would tell you that when a driver races for his team and sponsor. When there is something as important as one playoff point on the line, let alone five at the end of the race, you’re going to race hard for it.

“That’s why Denny Hamlin has won 44 races, that’s why JGR has the sport’s top drivers, because they have that fire within them.”

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Speaking of Hamlin, the driver heads into the Las Vegas Cup race as the championship leader. However, he is starting sixth on the grid, barring something dramatic. It is also worth noting that Denny Hamlin has never won at Las Vegas before in the Pennzoil 400. On the bright side, there is always a first time for everything, and Hamlin is capable of winning.

Denny Hamlin has a difficult task ahead of him

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Of course, none of his rivals will make things easy for him. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is talented, but has yet to win a Cup Series title during his tenure. He has come close on multiple occasions, even finishing as the runner-up. Last year, he enjoyed one of his best ever seasons in NASCAR, racking up the second-highest win tally.

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, sits by his team hauler in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2010 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Only Stewart-Haas Racing driver, Kevin Harvick, grabbed more wins than Hamlin. As a bonus, he managed to make it into the Championship four instead of Harvick. Now, Denny Hamlin enters the 2021 Cup Series season with a renewed purpose. To be exact, he is keen to try and grab that elusive maiden Cup title.

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