James Dennis Alan Hamlin, better known as Denny Hamlin is a professional sprint car racer. Currently competing in the NASCAR sprint cup series, Hamlin drives the no.11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Quick Facts About Denny Hamlin
Besides that he is also a part-time driver for Joe Gibbs Racing in Xfinity Series and drives no.18 Toyota Camry.
Denny Hamlin was born on November 18, 1980, in Tampa Florida. He started his racing career when he was 7 years old. Although he was born in Tampa, Denny spent most of his childhood in Chesterfield, Virginia, as they have to move from his birthplace.
From his childhood, Denny possessed the potential to become a successful racer one day. He was then racing in Virginia’s youth racing divisions. He tore that division with his brilliant driving skills and become the champion of the division at age 15.
In 1998, he got promoted to the Grand Stock division. Then in 2000, he entered Late Model Stock Cars which he won ten times in 2002 and surpassed the record with 25 wins in 2003.
Once at an autograph session, when he was just 10, Denny Hamlin told Joe Gibbs Racing that one day he will race for them. What seemed like an uphill task then got a glimpse of hope in 2004 when Denny was signed in for driver development program by Joe Gibbs.
Then in that same season, the 6-foot tall racer began racing for Joe finishing in the top 10’s in NASCAR sprint cup series. His growing popularity was given a huge boost when he won the Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the year award in 2006.
Adding to that, he became the first rookie to qualify for Chase for the Sprint Cup. His growing popularity was given a huge boost when he won the Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the year award in 2006.
It was in 2007 that he won the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 and had his third career win. He achieved three victories in the No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevy. In 2008, he won Martinsville Speedway. He scored 381 laps out of 410 during the 2008 Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 and finishes at the 24th spot.
Hamlin had his fifth career win at Pocono Raceway in 2009. He won the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finale with 4 wins.
In 2013, unfortunately, Hamlin had to face an accident. It was a tight race at the Auto Club 400. Joey Logano's car crashed into his car which caused both the cars to spin out. He achieved his 23rd victory in 2013 and put him in a tie with Ricky Rudd and Kevin Harvick.
In 2015, Hamlin had his first All-Star win which was also his first JGR and Toyota All-Star win in the Sprint All-Star Race. He beat Keselowski during final pit stops. Recently, he won the 2016 Federated Auto Parts 500 at Richmond International Raceway which is his third victory this year.
Ever since his debut in the racing circuit, Denny Hamlin has always given his best shot which has made him one of the most sought after racers in NASCAR.
Family and personal life:
Denny Hamlin, now 35, was born to parents Dennis Hamlin and Marry Lou Hamlin. Besides the racing ground, Denny Hamlin loves boating, traveling, and skiing.
Furthermore, Denny is the father to his daughter, Taylor James Hamlin, and is the to-be-husband of his long time sweetheart Jordan Fish.
Denny and Jordan have been together in a relationship ever since 2007. Now living with his sweetheart Jordan and his baby girls Taylor, Denny Hamlin is winning in personal life as well.
Currently racing for Joe Gibbs in the NASCAR sprint cup series, Denny Hamlin has achieved success in racing from day one. He recently won the 2016 Federated Auto Parts 500 at Richmond International Raceway and achieved his third victory this year. The childhood dream of making a profession out of racing has paid off for Hamlin as he now is one of the most admired racers in the NASCAR division.