“Nothing Saying We Can’t Win Next 3 Races” – Denny Hamlin Feels 2021 NASCAR Win Is Not Far Away

Published 04/13/2021, 12:10 PM EDT
Apr 10, 2021; Martinsville, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races at the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports


Denny Hamlin has made a rather interesting start to the 2021 NASCAR season. Hamlin has as many as seven top-5 finishes in the first eight races. However, that wins column is still empty.

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Despite such a strong start where Hamlin has already taken a big lead in the points standings, it can get frustrating for a driver to still not have a win, especially in a season that has already seen much more parity.

Hamlin believes it is important for him to focus on the fact that he is very close to that win. While he hasn’t been able to quite close it out, Hamlin looks like he can win every week. If the Joe Gibbs Racing driver goes on to win the next three races, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, he believes.

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“Just keep building on that, look at the positives, try not to be negative. Wins, we’re getting closer. We’re getting there,” Hamlin said in Sunday’s post-race interaction at Martinsville.

“We just got to — nothing saying we can’t win the next three races in a row,” he expressed.

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

Denny Hamlin is focused on the process which is paying dividends

Any driver in Hamlin’s position would have liked to already have those wins under his belt. Hamlin is also no different. While he recognizes that, Hamlin highlighted that there is not much keeping him away from Victory Lane.

“Yeah, I mean, we definitely would like to have more, for sure. But the way we’re running, we can win any given week. We’ve just gotten beat by one or two cars each and every week that have just hit the setup a little bit better than we did,” he said further.

While Hamlin has many points in the regular season, he only has three playoff points yet. That’s what makes the win even more crucial and he would want to carry more points into the playoffs.

Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Hamlin can see that win coming

The no. 11 JGR driver certainly wants those points, but he is optimistic about getting there if he continues to do what he is doing and just takes that final step for the win.

“I don’t know what the record is for most points scored in eight races, but I think we pretty much got to be there (laughter). We don’t finish any worse than third in every stage, obviously, we’re finishing in the top three or four every race,” Hamlin expressed.

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Hamlin’s great start is even more impressive, given the fact that a lot of his attention is also dedicated to 23XI Racing. Hamlin is a big role to play in Bubba Wallace‘s development there.

While he continues to do that, Hamlin will hope that the elusive win comes at his home track – Richmond Raceway – this weekend.

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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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