“We Are a Threat” – Denny Hamlin Confident of His Chances Despite Zero Wins this Season

Published 09/01/2021, 11:19 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 16: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, stands in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


So far in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, Denny Hamlin has not reached Victory Lane. Despite this, he has still managed to reach the playoffs. The bad news is that he is currently in seventh place, which could make him vulnerable. However, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver insists that he is still in championship contention.

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Ahead of the first playoff race at Darlington, he said, “We got a four race buffer over third place in the points, because we’re good. It’s not because of accidents, so we’re up front every week. Again, it’s not ideal, but it’s certainly the cards that were dealt. We’re going to go out there and do our best.

“I think we are a threat, and I would say the competition probably thinks so as well.”

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Speaking about his lack of wins, Denny Hamlin admitted that he wanted something to go his way. Every time he has been near the front, he was always caught up in crashes that were beyond his control. Of course, he insisted that whether he wins or not, his primary aim is to reach the final four.

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Can Denny Hamlin finally snatch that elusive win?

Theoretically speaking, it is definitely possible for him to win a race. All of his teammates have registered wins to seal their playoff berths. By his own admission, he has had the pace to snatch victory, but hard luck has often gotten in the way. Whether it is the lack of pace at certain tracks, or getting caught up in a crash, things have not worked well.

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

On the bright side, there is still time for the #11 driver to get his name on the scoreboard. All he needs to do is hit the front and stay clean. Of course, there will be the likes of Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney, who will want to try and stop him. Not to mention, the other drivers in the playoff 16.

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