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When Denny Hamlin created 23XI, he already had his plate full. Facing a 36-race Cup schedule and curating a weekly podcast was bound to take a toll on him. But Hamlin had a simple answer for the media when they were curious about why he does it all. He said, “It’s what I love to do.”

And even while managing three avenues: running a business, driving, and talking about motorsport, Hamlin fetches Cup wins every other weekend nowadays. The hectic life that he chooses to live as NASCAR’s foremost speaker is one not many can persevere and maintain. Dale Earnhardt Jr, another podcast owner like Hamlin, sheds light on this as he dissects Hamlin’s busy schedule.

Dale Earnhardt Jr praises Denny’s work ethic

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Denny Hamlin’s upbringing was imbued with discipline and hard work. His parents went all-out to support his racing career, as they incurred debt and sold their classic cars so that he could get in a race car. But Dennis Lou, Hamlin’s father, was adamant about a work ethic. “I’m not going out there and working on your race car for you. If you want to do it, you go out there, you learn it — and then when you wreck it, you have to figure out how to get it back to the racetrack.”

That work ethic reflects on all the hectic projects that Hamlin diligently sees through. In a recent interview with Rubbin is Racing, Dale Earnhardt Jr emphasized as much while hailing his podcast rival. “Denny is up for it…Denny’s got a personality and he’s in it…racing, and this is his life…He has his hand in every cookie jar, right. He’s a driver, he’s a car owner, he’s in the podcasting…Certainly, his takes on his show get a ton of attention. He flexes that muscle on all those fronts.”

Hamlin may be sturdy enough to handle all these duties, but other veteran drivers are unwilling to go through that stress. Dale Earnhardt Jr shed light on this aspect: “So that can be really exhausting. And I think some drivers are like, ‘You know, I don’t feel like doing all that. I’m busy enough, I’m content.’”

Balancing racing life with family life and juggling podcast sessions and ownership duties requires you to have a steady mindset. And Denny Hamlin’s unique opinion of his life helps him. “I live in chaos. My life is chaos, and I thrive under chaos… The more (crap) that is stirred up around me, the more I come at it.”

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Even though Hamlin proves to be the busier of the lot, Dale Earnhardt Jr suggests an interesting way to lend voices to other drivers.

Anonymous project to get everyone on board

Providing racing insights every weekend not only needs good handling of stress but also an eagerness to hog the spotlight. Denny Hamlin is one of the few Cup drivers who are outspoken and brash. He does not shy away from the attention he draws with his unfiltered opinions. However, getting other veterans to share their takes can be difficult, and Dale Jr offers a solution.

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He said to the ‘Rubbin is Racing’ hosts: “If you could get’em in a room anonymously it’d be interesting to hear their real opinions, right? …He (Denny) should think about doing that, sort of have anonymous driver polls…He could get like a good understanding on a particular topic from all the drivers and where they all stand. They wouldn’t have to speak publicly if they wanted to get their point across.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s suggestion would be a wondrous addition to NASCAR, as fans are always eager to hear what their favorite drivers have to say.