Denny Hamlin

James Dennis Alan Hamlin (born November 18, 1980)[1][2] is an American professional stock car racing driver and NASCAR team owner. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. He co-owns and operates 23XI Racing with the basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. He has won 48 NASCAR Cup Series races, including the Coca Cola 600 in 2022 and the Daytona 500 in 2016, 2019, and 2020; he is the fourth person to win the race in back-to-back seasons, alongside Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, and Sterling Marlin.[3]

Denny Hamlin
Hamlin at Dover Motor Speedway in 2022
BornJames Dennis Alan Hamlin
(1980-11-18) November 18, 1980 (age 41)
Tampa, Florida
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
Achievements2016, 2019, 2020 Daytona 500 Winner
2015 Sprint All-Star Race Winner
2010, 2017, 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 Winner
2022 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
2008, 2014, 2017 Can-Am Duels Winner
2006, 2014, 2016 Sprint Unlimited Winner
First rookie to qualify for Chase for the Nextel Cup (2006)
Awards2006 Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Cup Series career
595 races run over 18 years
Car no., teamNo. 11 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2021 position3rd
Best finish2nd (2010)
First race2005 Banquet 400 (Kansas)
Last race2022 Ally 400 (Nashville)
First win2006 Pocono 500 (Pocono)
Last win2022 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
48 309 35
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
163 races run over 18 years
2021 position89th
Best finish4th (2006)
First race2004 BI-LO 200 (Darlington)
Last race2021 Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (Darlington)
First win2006 Telcel-Motorola 200 (Mexico City)
Last win2017 Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
17 100 21
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
16 races run over 9 years
2013 position93rd
Best finish37th (2004)
First race2004 Power Stroke Diesel 200 (IRP)
Last race2013 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
First win2011 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last win2012 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 10 1
Statistics current as of December 28, 2021.

His strongest season was in 2010, where he was leading the championship by 15 points heading into the final race at Homestead. Despite having an incredible season, winning the most races of any driver in that year (8), he would lose the championship by 39 points to Jimmie Johnson. Except for the 2013 season, in which a collision with Joey Logano damaged his lower back and kept him out for a large part of the early season, Hamlin has competed in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in every season he has competed full-time (15 seasons as of 2021), including his rookie season in 2006 when he finished third in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings, capping off one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in modern NASCAR history. He is nicknamed Denny Dynamite, for frequently voicing his opinions throughout his career. [4]

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