NASCAR racer Denny Hamlin was hoping to manifest himself a victory ahead of the race on Sunday.
He posted an intense hype video to his social media with the very simple caption, “Speak it into existence.”
Denny Hamlin Hype Video
The video starts out with a variety of news commentary referring to the racer. One voice is heard saying, “Hamlin has been so strong, doing everything but winning.” A series of small TVs show coverage of the racer so far this season. Suddenly, the screen flashes, and the words “Maybe this weekend?” appear in a large, white font.
The video feels like a rap music video as J. Cole’s song “Middle Child” starts to play and clips of Hamlin burning rubber and posing appear on the screen.
The question is — did he speak it into existence loud enough ahead of yesterday’s race?
Sadly for Hamlin, the answer is no. On Sunday he finished in the No.12 position at the Kansas Speedway race for the Cup Series. The winner of the race was Kyle Busch. Behind him were Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.
Busch had an epic weekend. Not only did he walk away as the winner on Sunday, but he also won Saturday night at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well. On top of it all, Busch was celebrating his 36th birthday. It was the racer’s first victory so far during the 2021 Cup Series.
“It’s hard sometimes when you go through the lulls, you go through the disappointment, you go through dejection and the lack of understanding if you can still do it. There’s a sense of doubt there for sure. But you just have to keep persevering, keep digging and putting your focus forward,” Busch said, according to the NASCAR site.
Denny Hamlin was leading for part of the race on Sunday. However, he made contact with the wall, which effectively passed the lead on to Kyle Busch instead. Denny Hamlin is still leading in the Cup Series 2021 standings with 481 points.
The next race in the series is the Goodyear 400, which is set to take place on May 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Darlington Raceway.
Joey Logano Questions Racing Style
Another NASCAR driver, Joey Logano, is actively calling out the style of racing that has become common at certain tracks.
On April 25, Logano went airborne while racing at the Talladega Superspeedway. He was in third place when he was hit by Denny Hamlin, who was just struck by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Logano walked away uninjured but actively irritated. He called out the type of “pack racing” that is common at locations like Talladega and Daytona.
Logano also referenced the Ryan Newman crash in 2020. He was pushed into the wall and went airborne. However, he ended up hospitalized from the situation.
“On another hand, I am wondering when we are going to stop because this is dangerous doing what we are doing. I got a roll bar in my head. That is not okay. I am one hit away from the same situation Ryan Newman just went through. I just don’t feel like that is acceptable. A lot of it is the big spoiler and the big runs and all the pushing. It is nobody’s fault. Denny (Hamlin) is trying to go and (Stenhouse) is trying to go. It is a product of this racing. We have to fix it though. Someone already got hurt and we are still doing it, so that’s not real smart,” Logano said, according to NBC Sports.
While there have been adaptations to make the sport safer, freak accidents are still all too common.