NASCAR: Denny Hamlin’s 2021 Darlington Throwback Race Paint Scheme Is Old School Cool

by Joe Rutland

Oh, brother, NASCAR fans are in for a treat at Darlington this weekend. Denny Hamlin delivers an old-school paint scheme on his Toyota.

Hamlin, who drives the No. 11 FedEx Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, will have a different look for NASCAR Throwback Weekend. He’s put a red-and-white design on his car, honoring the late Julius “Slick” Johnson who competed in the NASCAR Cup series in the 1980s.

Johnson was a native of South Carolina who was killed while racing in an ARCA event at Daytona Motor Speedway in 1990. He was just 41 years old.

Take a look at Hamlin’s NASCAR tribute to Johnson in this tweet from Joe Gibbs Racing.

Meanwhile, Hamlin is not only keeping up his racing career. He’s also become an owner after starting up 23XI Racing. He has added NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to his team, something that hasn’t always worked well between the two competitive drivers.

NASCAR Driver Hamlin Not Happy With Teammate Wallace Right Now

Denny Hamlin expressed some displeasure with Wallace after Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway.

Obviously, Hamlin feels like Wallace hasn’t been a team player when it comes to helping his teammates. This news comes from an article from Sportscasting.

Hamlin, however, was quite pointed about Wallace’s behavior during Sunday’s race. “The same thing happened at Daytona,” Hamlin said over his car radio.

Most importantly, these two drivers have exchanged verbal back-and-forths before. In 2018, Hamlin became upset with Wallace after Wallace suggested that 70 percent of NASCAR drivers take Adderall as a focus aid.

Denny Hamlin confronted Wallace in the garage before an Atlanta race. It broke out into a shouting match. Wallace became blacklisted from Hamlin’s social groups, including golf games with him and his friends.

Driver Not Happy With Reporter Over His Tweets

Similarly, someone else in the Hamlin doghouse these days is NASCAR on Fox on-air analyst Bob Pockrass.

In a tweet back in April, Hamlin addressed Pockrass about his tweets. An upcoming documentary about Wallace mentioned Pockrass.

One Twitter user called the documentary “pathetic.” Pockrass replied in a tweet, “Nothing pathetic about Netflix documentary on Bubba Wallace & 23XI Racing. Wallace attracts interest from those who don’t regularly watch NASCAR. Maybe viewers become new fans & watch on TV or attend a race, which can increase interest not just in Wallace but all drivers/teams.”

Hamlin offered his two cents’ worth about Pockrass’ comments.

“Bob. You are replying to a account with 16 followers and no profile,” Hamlin said. “Please make better decisions. Thanks.”

Trying to settle differences through tweets isn’t a good idea.