Why Denny Hamlin Has a Great Chance to Turn a Stellar Season into His First NASCAR Cup Series Title

Published 11/08/2020, 12:42 AM EST
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


Denny Hamlin is the final contender for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series. Although he hasn’t won a Cup championship like Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, Hamlin is no less talented. He proved it in spades this season when he bagged the second-most wins of the 2020 campaign.

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He has notched up seven wins in the current season, behind Kevin Harvick’s nine. This potentially makes him out to be one of the favorites for the 2020 crown. Hamlin will be extremely fired up since he is one of two drivers to not win a Cup Series championship. The closest he ever got to the crown was when he finished second in 2010, behind Jimmie Johnson.
However, he has been in excellent form in the 2020 season, if his seven wins are any proof. When he finished 2nd in 2010, he had notched up eight wins during the season, and now history could repeat, hopefully with him walking away with the title.

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Can Denny Hamlin get the monkey off his back?

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In theory, he can definitely win the 2020 Cup Series championship. He has never finished outside the Top 20 this season, aside from Charlotte, Bristol, and the Martinsville regular-season race. Denny Hamlin has been supremely consistent all year round, and he will know in his heart that that elusive title is coming his way.
LOUDON, NH – JULY 21: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 21, 2018 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Coming to the #11 driver’s Phoenix track record, he has notched up two wins at the Phoenix Raceway. In other words, he should be in with a shout of the race win. At the very least, Denny Hamlin should finish the highest among the Championship 4 contenders.

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Obviously, the likes of Logano, Keselowski, and Elliott will not make life easy for him. In addition to that, there will be non-championship 4 drivers who will try to get in the way. Nobody can really blame them, as they will want to end the year on a high note. However, Denny Hamlin must navigate through all obstacles and try to win.

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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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