Denny Hamlin is making his way up the list of NASCAR greats. He is 40-years-old and still going strong, showing no signs of slowing down.
Last year, the pandemic was causing some serious issues for all sports. NASCAR was trying to navigate a way back. So, one thing they did to entertain fans and let drivers compete against one another was to hold virtual races.
So, on Sunday, April 26, 2020, NASCAR held a virtual race at the Talladega Superspeedway. Denny Hamlin did not do well. It wasn’t an issue with the engine or a blown tire that caused the horrid finish.
Out of the 39-car field at the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series GEICO 70, he finished last. His explanation about the loss was priceless.
He blamed the last-place finish on his daughter. As Denny Hamlin had to do the race at home, his daughter was wandering around and talking to him. She provided an unwelcome distraction during the race when all she wanted was attention.
“My daughter came in with a remote and essentially ended our day,” Denny Hamlin said in a video posted to Twitter afterward.
So, on the one-year anniversary of the hilarious accident, he posted the video to Instagram again. In the “incident,” Denny Hamlin’s 7-year-old daughter, Taylor, came up to her dad’s racing set up with a remote control in her hand. She asked her dad if they could play with their go-karts.
But, the NASCAR driver couldn’t deal with that just then, so he waved her away. As she walked away, Taylor hit the power button on the remote.
“My screen just went black!” Hamlin shouted incredulously. As Taylor realized what just happened, she quietly said, “Uh oh,” and disappears.
So Denny Hamlin said, “1 year anniversary of hiding the remotes.”
Denny Hamlin Is Still Trying to Win NASCAR Races
Denny Hamlin has led a lot of races this year. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t won a race yet. That being said, though, he has a big lead in the NASCAR Cup Series. Before the finish of today’s Talladega Superspeedway race, he held an 83 point lead over Martin Truex Jr.
So far this year, he has eight top-5 finishes. However, he wants to be out front of the race more before he considers retiring. In an interview recently, Denny Hamlin said that he wants a bunch more wins before he retires.
“It’s a big number, and I’m 16 wins away right now,” he said. “Hopefully, I can do that in the next three to four years.”
For Denny Hamlin, that number seems very achievable especially considering the way he has been racing this year. He believes that getting 16 more wins would catapult him into elite company.
“If I can get to 60, it would be an amazing accomplishment, but I need to get to 50 first,” the NASCAR driver said. “I’d be putting myself in the upper tier of all drivers who have ever done it.”