Freddie Kraft Seconds Denny Hamlin’s Opinion on the Current NASCAR Talk of the Town

Published 06/20/2022, 5:30 AM EDT
Jun 12, 2022; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) and his team pose for photos after winning the NASCAR Toyota – Save Mart 350 race event at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one thing the Next Gen car has enabled in NASCAR this season, it is to widen the pool of winners. Unlike previous years, this year there have been multiple winners, multiple first-time winners with any one driver unable to completely dominate.

This has led to a conversation in NASCAR circles around whether or not there will be 17 different winners at the end of the regular season, something spotters Freddie Kraft and TJ Majors also shared their opinion on.

“Every time we have a new winner we have this talk of whether we’re gonna have 17 winners, and it’s not gonna happen, I don’t think,” Kraft said in a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast.

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“If we go to Daytona and there are 16 winners, then we can talk about that there’s going to be 17 winners because that’s a complete wild card that literally anybody could win.”

On the other hand, TJ Majors believed otherwise. The spotter for Brad Keselowski named the track that could be that wild car that Bubba Wallace’s spotter mentioned.

“It’s definitely possible. Nashville’s a wild card for me,” Majors said. “To have this conversation means you don’t have one guy winning eight races right now.”

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What did Denny Hamlin say about NASCAR having 17 different winners this season?

In a recent interview, Denny Hamlin was asked about his opinion on the subject of the sport having up to 17 winners come the end of the regular season. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver didn’t take much time to shoot down the idea.

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“There’s not going to be 17 winners,” he said. “No chance.”

Jun 5, 2022; Madison, Illinois, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) races during the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

The #11 driver then described the number of drivers that could mean a lucky scenario for the sport.

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“We’ll be lucky to have 14…lucky to have 14,” he added.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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