Denny Hamlin said that he is satisfied with his level of performance that puts in week in and week out even though he lacks a Cup Series Championship.
Hamlin, along with Kevin Harvick, dominated the regular-season and unlike Harvick, he got himself a title shot by making it to the championship four race. But unlike Harvick, Hamlin has never won a Cup Series championship.
However, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver is not very concerned about not having won the championship in his career. What matter the most for him is to show that he goes to every race with a real intent to win it, whether he might or not.
“I think that championships I get it, it’s very, very important,” Hamlin said. “It’s where I’m at the sport’s highest level, most people gauge your success level or how good you are off of championships, but I also know that my competitors will probably say that I’m one of the toughest competitors and toughest guys to beat and that’s all I really care about is having the respect of them and knowing that week in and week out I can go and compete for race wins, and knowing that over the last two years, ain’t nobody won any more. I like where I’m at.”
As Hamlin explained, many people look towards the number of championships wins to determine the legacy of drivers. However, there is no denying to the fact that Hamlin has been one of the most consistent drivers around.
The 2021 season will bring new hopes to the driver, not just driving for JGR but also with the performances of his new cup series team, 23XI Racing, which is set to debut in 2021.