Denny Hamlin Offers to Become Test Driver for NASCAR Great Tony Stewart’s Superstar Racing Experience

Published 04/05/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, prepares to start during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


The Superstar Racing Experience project, a brainchild of Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham, is gaining traction quite quickly. They are currently running testing sessions on dirt tracks, and once again, have attracted interest from NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin.

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This past weekend, one of the SRX cars was running a test session on a dirt track under the lights. Seeing that, Hamlin was quick to offer running a test session for them.

Y’all need a test driver?

— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) April 4, 2021

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Who wants to see @dennyhamlin run with the dawgs? 🙋‍♂️ https://t.co/Dz1RCvdEWl

— Superstar Racing Experience (@SRXracing) April 4, 2021

Denny Hamlin shows interest in Tony Stewart’s Superstar Racing Experience, yet again

This is not the first time Hamlin has expressed his interest in the Superstar Racing Experience league. Along with the full-time drivers, the league’s format will also have some ‘ringers,’ who will make special appearances.

Early this year, SRX reached out to some big-name drivers on Twitter, approaching them to sign as ringer drivers for the league. Among them were Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, both of whom showed great interest in giving the new league a shot.

👋🏼 SRX https://t.co/ehVEddA7po

— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) January 17, 2021

Hamlin and the rest of the NASCAR Cup Series field recently raced on a dirt track themselves. The NASCAR Cup Series returned to dirt racing after 50 years, in the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

The dirt racing buzz might still be fresh on Hamlin, who must’ve felt the excitement upon seeing the SRX car on dirt under lights.

Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) and driver Joey Logano (22) during the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The League already has some big names signed up

The SRX league already has massive names in the world of motorsports already signed up to participate in the event. Among them are Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, and Marco Andretti.

If the likes of Hamlin, Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson also join in, it would be a massive boost to the new league.

SRX will run six races in the span of just over a month, starting with a race on June 12 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Knoxville, Eldora, Lucas Oil Raceway, and Slinger Speedway are other tracks on the schedule. The final race on the calendar is at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 18: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Always a Racer/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
No one knows whether Hamlin will compete in the SRX league yet. WHat we do know, though, he’s currently competing in the NASCAR Cup series, and he’s doing rather well at it. The No. 11 JGR star is currently leading the points standings; Hamlin has been running at the front in every race this year but is still searching for the win.

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He will now aim to get that win in this Sunday’s race at Martinsville, which is one of his best race tracks historically.

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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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