“We’re Smashing Everyone” – Denny Hamlin Upbeat After Richmond Despite Missing Out Again on NASCAR Win

Published 04/19/2021, 2:00 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


In yet another race, Denny Hamlin dominated for the most part of it, but could not seal the victory. Hamlin finished in second place in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond, which is his 8th top-5 finish in nine races this year.

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Race after race, Hamlin looks like he will rush to the finish line and pick up the chequered flag. However, he has been losing the lead in the final few laps on most occasions, just falling short of that win.

The same thing happened on Sunday after Hamlin led many laps all day, but Alex Bowman snatched the lead from him for the final time with 10 laps to go after a good battle between the two.

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While Hamlin is certainly frustrated to still be winless in 2021, he is happy to continue “smashing everyone” this season. At this stage of the season, he is quite satisfied with where he is.

Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin highlights his dominance despite remaining winless in 2021

“Yeah, I mean, it’s frustrating for sure. I’d rather be where I am than Alex Bowman. I don’t care that he’s got a win. We’re smashing everyone. I’d still rather be where I’m at,” Hamlin said after the race on Sunday.

Hamlin was adamant that his no. 11 car was certainly better than Bowman‘s 48 all day. That makes the loss even more frustrating for Hamlin, who said that it all boils down to leading on the final lap of the race.

“Yeah, we should have won. Certainly, the 48 wasn’t better than us all day. Just got to lead the last lap. You’ve got to figure out how to lead the last lap, that’s pretty much all that matters,” he expressed.

“Certainly top tier”

He acknowledged that the likes of Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano were also right up there with him on the day, but his team definitely brought one of the best cars to Richmond.

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“Today, I don’t know if we had a dominant car. It was definitely top two. There were times the 19 was better. Times the 22 was better that one round. But certainly top tier,” Hamlin continued.

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 is certainly dominating the season on points, though. He now has 434 points already in the regular season, 81 more than Martin Truex Jr. in second place. The Joe Gibbs Racing superstar has also led as many as 694 laps this season.

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While that win certainly seems to be coming very soon, Hamlin will hope to get the job done next Sunday itself at Talladega.

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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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