There is always that calm before the storm. The storm is the Chase For The Sprint Cup. In three races, four drivers will compete in the ultimate battle at Homestead Miami for the NASCAR sprint cup championship. One of those hopefuls are Joe Gibbs racing's own Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota. Since his first race at Kansas in 2005 he has run 395 races, acquired 29 wins, 117 top fives, 193 top tens.
All the more reason he is a championship contender, but what really grinds my gears is when people say he should shut up when it comes to 6 time champion Jimmie Johnson who was racing him hard at Martinsville Speedway. When I refer to people I'm referring to the fan base of NASCAR. I was scrolling through my twitter timeline during the race and a saw a tweet not remember it word for word saying "He should shut up if he doesn't have multiple championships. Now I'm not a Denny Hamlin fan, but somewhat partial to Johnson find it absolutely irritating when fans hurl opinions like they have stock in running the sport. For one those fans have never driven the car a day in their life and two, whether Johnson has seven titles or seventy seven and Hamlin feels he was raced the wrong way or or too hard, he should be entitled to his opinion.
I will agree with a hard racing stand point from any driver because it is what makes NASCAR such a great sport with competitiveness. I'm a gamer and yes before you say "You're not a real driver!" I never claim to be. The point I'm getting at is is when I'm online racing against other players, there is a feeling of the same competitiveness of wanting to win. Depending on how good you are with or without a setup and knowing what moves to make and when. It determines if or not you can compete with an elite group of players in the same realm.
Denny Hamlin in his realm does have what it takes to win at NASCAR's elite level with his style of racing, but when you have a guy with six titles going for a seventh you have to realize he is going all in just as much as the next guy with lesser or none titles. It all boils down to winner take all for the trophy. The sport of NASCAR as a whole has always been my favorite. As a fan it always brings the best out of people to aspire them like their driver they cheer for on Sunday. "Winning isn't everything" we are told when we are young. Might be true might be not as
we go through life, but with anything we want in life, if we want it bad enough, we always do what it takes to win because we all want to win.
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