Denny Hamlin is expecting to compete in Late Model races in 2021 and finally Snowball Derby along with his NASCAR responsibilities.
The 2021 off-season has seen a number of NASCAR drivers compete in different racing disciplines. One example is 2020 Champion Chase Elliott participating in the Snowball Derby and the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Hamlin, a former Late Model racer, too wants to run some Late Model races in the 2021 races and finally culminating into the Snowball Derby through his participation in such races. He said:
“I know personally I’m going to go and start racing more Late Models (in 2021). It’s been a few years since I’ve done that. Really not Late Models like I’m used to running. It’s more on the Super Late Models.
“The end goal being is to compete in the Snowball Derby. I’m going to spend the year kind of working through that process and trying to figure out what techniques I need to have and learning and getting better.”
As the NASCAR season ends in November, drivers will be left to watching other disciplines of races until the pre-season for the next season begins. Hamlin feels this itch to drive in the Snowball Derby in December whenever he watches it.
“It’s the part of the year where you start to get the bug again…It just seems like that first week in December you’re like, ‘All right, now what?’ And the Snowball comes on and you’re like ‘Gosh, I wish I was running the race,’”
Last season was a successful one for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. He won seven Cup races but came short in the Championship 4. He will be entering this season not only as a driver but also as a team owner for 23XI Racing team, which is set to debut this season.