Why Denny Hamlin Should Reach 50 NASCAR Cup Wins in 2021 Despite Needing Six More Wins

Published 01/05/2021, 7:00 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


In the buildup to the 2021 Cup Series season, Denny Hamlin has a career total of 44 wins. Given that a typical NASCAR season has 36 races, one can assume that he can easily cross the half-century mark. However, this is easier said than done, especially with the competition heating up exponentially.

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The good news is that Hamlin should theoretically achieve this feat. Over the past couple of years, he has been in great form, bagging multiple wins in the season. In 2019, he bagged six wins, and a year later, he followed it up with seven more.

This excellent run of form is why Hamlin should ideally have no trouble reaching 50 wins. Although he has yet to win a Cup Series title, there is no denying that Denny Hamlin is a quick driver.

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Denny Hamlin can reach the milestone

Hamlin has reached Victory Lane at the Daytona 500 for two consecutive years and has also won in 2016. So, it is fair to assume that the Daytona International Speedway is one of his stronger tracks.

He has also performed well at Texas, Pocono, Bristol, Kansas, Phoenix, Darlington, Homestead, Dover, and Talladega.

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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

Owing to this, it is fair to say that he could very easily grab six more wins. However, trying to replicate his seven-win season is easier said than done. A driver like Kevin Harvick, or Chase Elliott, or Kyle Busch, could pose a massive threat to his hopes. Even someone like Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, or any other driver could spoil the party for Hamlin.

Hopefully, for Denny Hamlin, he can finally get that Cup Series title victory. The closest he got to the crown was in 2010, where he finished second. Since then, he has yo-yoed up and down the order, culminating in two back-to-back fourth-place finishes in 2019 and 2020.

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