What can you say? We saw a pretty good race at Pocono and as I said last week, put your wager on an existing winner and probably a Joe Gibbs Racing team. So I got it half right.
This was the weekend that racing enthusiasts salivate over. First it was the Indy 500 with a huge crowd to watch a spectacular race won by Marcus Ericsson. Ericsson is an F1 transfer that never saw the podium in his career.
After running out of gas near the end of the race, Denny Hamlin finished 18th. In many ways, he is lucky that is as bad as it got after posting a racial slur meme aimed at Kyle Larson. Hamlin is lucky he hasn’t been suspended from NASCAR the way Larson was for his racial slur during a 2020 virtual racing event. Larson also lost his job at Ganassi Racing for that slur.
When it comes to racing in the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin is in elite company. He’s the only active NASCAR Cup Series driver with more than one victory in the Great American Race. In fact, in the last six years, Hamlin has triumphed three times in the season-opening points event.
All the sweat, the tears, the heart-warming pains and the back breaking gains have all culminated to this one last shot for the Championship 4 contenders to vie for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Phoenix Raceway. Here’s an in-depth look at the four contenders, continuing with Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)…
Denny Hamlin showed why he has to be considered a top threat to win it all at Las Vegas, leading a race high 137 laps and dominating the final portion of the race.
You knew it was going to happen sooner or later and for most of the season, it has been later. Denny Hamlin finally found Victory Lane at the perfect time, the first race of the 2021 championship run. Hamlin led the second most laps at 146 on his way to the checkers followed by none other than Kyle Larson who led 156 and finished second.
Martin Truex, Jr. went out and showed everyone how it’s done. He won the first two Stages, led 248 of 293 laps and then went to victory lane for his series-leading third win — something no other Stage winner has done. That’s what we call a spanking.
In a week of contrasts that featured the unveiling of NASCAR’s sleek Next Gen Cup Series cars, Darlington Raceway hosts its immensely popular Throwback Weekend, where race teams pay homage to the past. But while race fans will see a panoply of paint schemes dedicated to bygone heroes of the sport, drivers will be looking ahead toward the finish line—particularly those accustomed to winning who haven’t done so yet this year.
The Next Gen car is a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing, with contributions coming from all sides of the NASCAR and automotive industries. The design of the Next Gen car gives the drivers greater control while putting an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups. While wind tunnels and computer simulations play an important role in racing, we want the competition to remain focused on the racetrack.