Denny Hamlin believes that his consistency throughout the season makes him impossible to rule out for the upcoming playoff races.
The Joe Gibbs Racing No.11 Toyota driver has had a strange season. He is nowhere near his record of wins last season, yet he was one of the most consistent drivers in the Cup Series this season. He had 13 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes, numbers only second to the 2021 regular-season winner Kyle Larson.
The fact that he was in contention to win the regular-season championship until the last race speaks volumes about the driver without a win this season. Hamlin is taking this consistency will follow him to the 2021 playoffs.
“We got a four race buffer over third place in the points, because we’re good. It’s not because of accidents, so we’re up front every week. Again, it’s not ideal, but it’s certainly the cards that were dealt. We’re going to go out there and do our best.
“I think we are a threat, and I would say the competition probably thinks so as well.”
Hamlin is seeded in the seventh position with 2015 points. While he made it until the championship 4 with the backing of a very good regular season, he will need his consistency more than ever if he wants to go as far this season.