Denny Hamlin is not worried about entering the NASCAR playoffs without a win.
Denny Hamlin and his no. 11-race team had a wonderful year. They earned their place in the NASCAR playoffs with another consistent season battling the pandemic, which was somehow a blessing in disguise, at least on the track for Hamlin.
“It really was not a challenge,” Hamlin told FanSided. “I think our team actually strives to be prepared for the things that people are not prepared for. Our homework we do during the week prepares us when we drive the racetrack on Sunday, our car is fast and it’s ready to go. We do not need practice, we do not need that extra time on the track. ”
Hamlin does not need a win to qualify for play-offs or a win to boost his confidence. Does Hamlin feel he needs a win in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona to confirm his season?
Denny Hamlin does not lack confidence before NASCAR playoffs
“Not really, I’ll take all ten wins in the playoffs if that’s what it takes,” said Hamlin. “From my point of view, we do everything we can to get to the last four. It’s the end goal for us every year we start, how can we get to the last four with a chance to win a championship. ”
Hamlin is trying off the track to make NASCAR a more inclusive sport. Sy nr. 11 car will have a special look thin weekend with four HBCUs highlighted.
“NASCAR is changing a lot of that for the better,” Hamlin said. “They kind of characterized in the 1960s and 70s in one way and worked slowly out of it. Many things are changing within our sport. ”
Hamlin is still working with basketball legend Michael Jordan to build the 23XI racing team. The group recently purchased 15 acres of land in Huntersville, North Carolina. The investment is even stronger one year in the partnership.
“Things happen so fast,” Hamlin said. “I just can not tell you everything behind the scenes and how we try to build this program into a race and championship winning organization. It takes time. We hope to get there in the next few years. ”
Hamlin is an avid basketball player who still plays pickup hoop in his standstill these days. So who would Hamlin choose between Jordan and LeBron James in their prime?
“Is that really a question,” Hamlin asked? “I take MJ simply because of the clutch factor at the end of the matches and he was a better shooter and I need someone to make a bucket. I mean to make the right game, LeBron makes the right game most of the time, but many times he is not involved in that last and right game. “
Making the right bet would mean a bunch of wins for Hamlin in the NASCAR playoffs.
Denny Hamlin spoke with FanSided on behalf of The FedEx Shaping Black Futures program built around diversity, equality and inclusion.