Denny Hamlin Not Fazed at All by Winless Run in 2021 NASCAR Season: “It’s the Law of Averages”

Published 05/10/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Denny Hamlin felt a sense of ‘Deja Vu’ on Sunday after he recorded another Top-5 finish that did not culminate into a victory. He now has 9 Top-5 finishes in 12 races but hasn’t been able to make that visit to Victory Lane.

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However, the season is long and Hamlin looks like a contender to win week after week. The winless run is still not bothering him as he believes the ‘law of averages’ has to work in his favor sooner rather than later.

“It’s the law of averages. You can’t continue to be in the top-2 or 3 the entire race and not win a race, right?” Hamlin said after Sunday’s race at Darlington.

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Hamlin is not taken aback by the fact that he hasn’t been able to close out races. While such instances can sometimes cost a driver dearly as they’re not able to keep up the good run, Hamlin does not see that happening to himself.

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) and Denny Hamlin (11) race in front of William Bryon (24) during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin is not too bothered by winless run

“If you flip a coin 50,000 times, half the times it’s gonna be tails, half the times its gonna be heads. But for us, in the first 11 races, we’ve had heads, and it’s flipped tails. Eventually, the odds are coming back to you,” the no. 11 car driver expressed.

Hamlin came as close as he could to winning on more than one occasion but was passed for the lead with just a few laps left. Other factors like strategies, worn-out tires, late cautions can also easily snap a driver’s momentum while aiming for the win.

“You don’t want to count on luck. But honestly, a lot of things have kept us from not winning besides speed,” the Joe Gibbs Racing driver continued.

Apr 10, 2021; Martinsville, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) leads Joey Logano (22) during the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

“Getting better and smarter every week”

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All Hamlin wants to do is to continue what he has been doing so far. And there is no harm there, as he certainly looks like one of the best drivers right now.

“If we just continue to do what we’re doing right now, we’re gonna be really good. I think that we’re still getting better and smarter every week,” Hamlin concluded on the topic.

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Hamlin will, no doubt, continue to show his strength next weekend at Dover. He has done well at Dover and won there last season.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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