Take a Close Look at Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry for 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 01/14/2021, 1:12 AM EST
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, prepares to drive during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is just on the horizon and preparations are already underway. Recently, the Joe Gibbs Racing team offered a sneak peek at Denny Hamlin’s 2021 car. After coming agonizingly close to a maiden title, Denny Hamlin is eager to go that extra step.

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In all his years of racing, Hamlin has yet to win a Cup Series title. The 2020 season was probably his best chance to get the monkey off his back. Throughout the campaign, many tipped him or Kevin Harvick to triumph, as they racked up the most wins in the season.

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Later on, when Harvick failed to make it into the Championship 4, the scales tipped heavily in Hamlin’s favor. In the final showdown, Hamlin was up against Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott. Finally, Elliott emerged victorious, taking his maiden title.

Can Denny Hamlin finally snatch that elusive Cup title?

Theoretically speaking, Hamlin has the capability and the speed to win. It is just a matter of winning in a strategic sense. Harvick could not manage that, and that cost him a Championship 4 spot. Needless to say, Denny Hamlin will be careful to not make that mistake.

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Considering that the Joe Gibbs Racing team is one of the top four teams, Denny Hamlin has plenty of opportunities. However, the battle will not be easy, since his teammates and the other three top teams are just as quick.

Nov 1, 2020; Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) leads the field during the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

If Denny Hamlin could somehow replicate his seven race-winning 2020 season, he should be fine. However, he should not stop there, but try to go a step further and win the season finale.

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Heading into the new season, Hamlin will be relishing the chance to snatch a hat-trick of Daytona 500 wins. Having won the 2019 and 2020 editions, he will surely be one of the favorites to win. It will also take him a step closer to 50 Cup Series wins.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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