Denny Hamlin predicts the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs outcome

“It never goes chalk. It never goes how you think it is"

by Sead Dedovic
Denny Hamlin predicts the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs outcome
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Denny Hamlin made predictions about the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs on his Actions Detrimental podcast. There are great expectations from many, and it is difficult to predict who could win in the end. There are a few names that stand out and could make a breakthrough.

Hamlin is well aware of the qualities within Xfinity and therefore gave his predictions from whom he expects the most in the upcoming period. “I’d say based on speed, you’re going to have the No. 20 (John Hunter Nemechek), the No.

7 (Justin Allgaier), the No. 21 (Austin Hill), maybe in there. If we’re doing this off of speed, I think there’s a clear-cut four. You’ve got the No. 7 of Allgaier, the No. 20 of Nemechek, the No. 21 of Hill and the No.

00 of Custer. I think that those guys stand apart, as far as consistently being the fastest in the series. Now, you have others, such as you’ll have Sam Mayer have some weeks where he shows flashes, and he’ll be the fastest JRM car, or the fastest car on the track.

Josh Berry, not as much, but still, he has certain race tracks that fit his style really well. I think they probably run Martinsville, which will be a great track for him, with an opportunity to get into the Final Four. Those are the next guys in, in my instant thoughts”.

- Denny Hamlin said on his Actions Detrimental podcast!

Denny Hamlin: It never goes chalk

Hamlin, as an experienced NASCAR driver, is well aware of what happens in the playoffs. Precisely for this reason, Denny emphasized that things will certainly not be as many expect.

NASCAR fans are well aware that there will always be surprises, and that someone will meet expectations and someone will disappoint. That is exactly why it is difficult to make real predictions. “It never goes chalk. It never goes how you think it is.

I asked on this episode a few weeks ago, when it comes to the Cup playoffs, who in the top eight is not going to make it? Zero said Martin Truex. Now, he could go out there and run really well at Bristol and put himself above, but you just never know.

Like, it never goes as planned, because this is such a small sample size of playoffs. You know, these three-race cut-offs, that you just never know. It just takes two bad weeks, and you’re out”.

Denny Hamlin