Denny Hamlin Issues 4-Word Warning to Joe Gibbs’ Amid Contract Chaos

Published 09/01/2023, 9:07 PM EDT

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With a mere handful of races remaining to culminate the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series series, the atmosphere is imbued with an undercurrent of palpable tension for every competitor. Nevertheless, as for Denny Hamlin, his focus ought not to be confined solely to the impending playoff races but should ideally also extend to the imminent expiration of his contractual affiliation with the esteemed Joe Gibbs Racing team, slated to expire by the year’s end.

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However, as gleaned from Denny Hamlin’s most recent discourse at the Charlotte Convention Center, conducted ahead of the commencement of the playoffs, it appears that Hamlin remains unruffled and undisturbed by the conspicuous absence of a contractual renewal.

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Much like the latter part of 2022 was marked by the prolonged negotiations over Kyle Busch’s contract extension with JGR, the 2023 playoff season, in addition to its inherent racing excitement, is poised to be dominated by discussions about Denny Hamlin’s impending contract renewal.

This heightened attention is merited by the fact that, while the relationship between Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs appeared flawless, as epitomized by Joe Gibbs‘ recent declaration, where the latter clearly mentioned, “We want Denny here, […] We would love for him to be here and go his entire career and retire here,” and Denny Hamlin’s unequivocal desire to remain with JGR “100%,” actions have not yet mirrored these words.

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And that speaks volumes!

The recent media session prior to the playoffs compelled Denny Hamlin to address questions concerning his alternatives if, in any case, his contract is not extended. To this, he candidly responded, “I have a race team. I always have options.”

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Beyond his allegiance to his own team, 23XI Racing, it is indisputable that Hamlin’s consistent and stellar performance over the years has made him an attractive prospect for any NASCAR team.

The reality should serve as a redoubtable signal for Joe Gibbs, urging him to expeditiously conclude negotiations lest Hamlin become tempted to explore other opportunities and potentially ascend to the pinnacle as the highest-paid driver on any other team.

Denny Hamlin looks forward to becoming the highest-paid driver on the team

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During the same captivating media session where Denny Hamlin faced a barrage of inquiries regarding updates from his team’s management, he elucidated a fundamental reality. As a mere cog in the wheel of a racing team, one is subject to the benevolence of the employers.

Moreover, he candidly embraced the notion that I will hire me. It’s a good business.” Beyond alluding to his contract extension, the statement undeniably hinted at a dimension beyond—perhaps a testament to his standing as one of the preeminent drivers in the field.

Expanding upon this narrative and responding to a journalist’s query about positioning himself as the foremost contender, Hamlin playfully quipped, “Of course.” And I should be the highest-paid driver in the team.”

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These revelations beckon introspection. Could these high aspirations be the underlying cause of the delay in securing a contract extension? Does it involve intricate negotiations related to sponsorships and financial arrangements? Speculation abounds, and your deductions would be as apt as ours.

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Neha Dwivedi

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