Freddie Kraft Explains Why Denny Hamlin, and Not Bubba Wallace, Deserves the “More Than Fast Moments” Tag for Michigan

Published 08/11/2022, 7:29 AM EDT
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 04: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, (R) and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, talk on the grid during a rain delay in the NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 04, 2021 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Bubba Wallace dominated the pace during qualifying ahead of the race at Michigan and clinched his first pole position. However, later in the race, he could only manage a second-place finish after being stuck behind Joey Logano. Wallace’s spotter Freddie Kraft recently mentioned that he thought Denny Hamlin was the fastest guy at Michigan International Speedway and not Bubba Wallace.

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While speaking on their podcast, the 23XI spotter responded to who had the fastest moment at Michigan. Kraft said, “I’m gonna give it to Denny. He was p 24 with 35 laps to go and he drove all the way to 3rd. He was the fastest car on the racetrack all day yesterday.”

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While Bubba certainly did have a great race weekend on track, he wasn’t so happy for not being able to clench a race victory. On the other hand, Denny Hamlin was relatively happy, till he realized NASCAR took his car away for a post-race teardown inspection all over again.

Denny Hamlin finished behind Bubba Wallace, but gets the car taken away for post-race teardown inspection again

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Hamlin had just recovered from his race win being taken away from him back at Pocono Raceway. Where his and Kyle Busch’s cars were taken down for a teardown inspection, only to be disqualified after a piece of tape was found stuck on his car’s front fascia. Moreover, this time, he finished in P3 but once more his car was taken away. Surprisingly he was not alone, as even Chase Elliott’s car was taken to the R&D center.

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

Prominent NASCAR journalist Bob Pockrass mentioned, Elliott and Hamlin cars are going to R&D center for further teardown. Would know Tuesday or Wednesday if anything comes from that.”

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As we await the results of the finding, only time will tell if Hamlin will face the hammer once again. And if Chase Elliott would take the hit too.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog, 'Noobs Onboard', for a while now, covering NASCAR, F1, W Series, MotoGP, WRC and the WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade now, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

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