Denny Hamlin He is one of the veteran drivers in the garage of the NASCAR Cup Series. With many years of experience, he has taken a leadership role and, along with Kevin Harvick, has been vocal on many of the issues drivers want NASCAR to address, such as Safety Concerns With the next generation car.
This week, with the release of the 2023 schedule for all three series, Joe Gibbs Racing The driver appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and talked about the schedule, outlining what he liked and what he didn’t like about it. Talk positively about the new Chicago Street Racebut then took off with the question of why one lane was included and warning NASCAR about the future and getting out of its “zone.”
Denny Hamlin has spoken openly on various issues in the past
NASCAR history books will show that Denny Hamlin was a Hall of Fame-worthy driver, and despite what some of his critics might suggest, he really cared about the sport, as evidenced by his desire to constantly position himself and criticize those in power over a range of issues.
Last year, before the debut of next generation carHamlin called on the sanctioning body to not adequately provide drivers with safety information about the new car.
“When it comes to the collision stuff, I’ve asked two different people at NASCAR, CEOs. I can’t get a response. That, to me, makes it all the more intimidating,” Hamlin frankly admitted. “Man, the disconnect now between all the parties — NASCAR, the tracks, all the drivers — it’s hard right now. It’s not a good place.”
This year was no different. He was a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 Decisive after all-star race Because NASCAR allowed Ryan Blaney to continue without properly securing his network.
Recently, Hamlin had a full moment in Daytona when he drove the field to a wet section of the racetrack, leading to No. 11 and several cars turning right into the fence. With that effect, the JGR driver confirmed what his rivals had said all year about crashes being more violent in the new car.
Hamlin warns NASCAR of future tracks
NASCAR last week announced the 2023 schedule for all three national series. A day after the announcement, Hamlin appeared as a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and was asked about his thoughts on the Cup schedule.
He was excited to take the All-Star Race to North Wilkesboro. He thinks racing on the streets of Chicago will be a “wonderful sight.” However, after moments of talking positively about Chicago, the JGR driver took a turn and warned NASCAR to continue on a path of incorporating more road laps into the schedule.
“Why are we still in Roval?” Hamlin asked. “This is not really a purpose-built road track. Racing on the oval was great in May. I think we did that as a reaction to the old car and not having people out and things like that.
“I think we’re starting to get sucked into a lot of action on the road where we really need to be good at what we’re good at, and that’s that this sport is built on short runs, ovals, hitting and hitting.
“I’m just concerned about us being kind of out of our own, and it’s NASCAR. We’re not IMSA. So why do we want to be IMSA? I just think we’re kind of, there’s a place in the schedule for all of them. I think four to five laps on the roads – great.” Start getting into the seven, the eight, yeah, it’s a challenge for me to kind of understand how that makes us better.”
The 2023 schedule is set. Roval is included. We’ll have to wait a year to see if NASCAR agrees with Hamlin on whether there are too many road courses when it releases the 2024 schedule.