Denny Hamlin and his crew chief Chris Gabehart have been through a lot together, and there are many beautiful memories behind them. The Kansas race turned out to be a great one for this experienced driver, and he ended up finishing second.
In front of him was the 23 XI driver (Hamlin is the co-owner of 23XI) Tyler Reddick. It was Hamlin's crew chief, Gabehart, who commented on Hamlin's performance and the fact that they have many big wins behind them. “Sixty times.
Sixty times we’ve been capable of winning,” Gabehart said, as quoted by NASCAR. “Our 60th anniversary, in my own personal way of looking at things, and there’s no one that’s a bigger critic of this race team than me.
So when I tell you we’ve been capable of winning 60 times, and we only have 19, that’s frustrating. But you’re not going to win 100% of the races you’re capable of winning. The key is you’re capable of winning.
I’m just so proud of my team for the longevity that we’ve shown together since 2019 and the ability to be capable of winning nearly each and every week we show up”.
After the race, Hamlin commented on his performance.
He was happy in the end but still believes that he could have reached first place. Denny is aware that he made a mistake, and that things could have looked much better for him. “The No. 5 [Larson] was just laying back so much; I was trying to back up to him,” said Hamlin, as quoted by Kelly Crandall of RACER Mag.
“I should have just focused forward, probably. It gave the No. 45 [Reddick] an opportunity to get up there in front of us, so just kind of sleeping on the restart, looking in the rearview instead of looking in the front.
But hats off to my Yahoo team, Camry TRD team. Another really, really fast car. Just didn’t need that caution at the end”.
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