NASCAR Q&A: Dominant Denny Hamlin continues to pile up points, but no trophy yet
How weird is Denny Hamlin’s season so far?
Through NASCAR history, particularly back under old points systems, guys would sometimes win season-long championships without piling up wins. Granted, every champion along the way “piled up” at least one win. But Hamlin’s trophy-free dominance, one quarter into the season, is like a quarterback with 200 yards passing but no points through the first 15 minutes. It’s easier to lose a race than win one, so these things happen, yet Denny’s dominance is head-turning.
OK, turn our heads
Sometimes you just have to let the numbers do the talking. Denny’s 434 points are 81 more than second-place Martin Truex Jr. That’s basically the same gap you find between Truex and eighth-place Kevin Harvick.
His 694 laps led is 315 more than the next highest — Kyle Larson. After Alex Bowman ripped away Hamlin’s awaiting trophy at Richmond, Denny said he’d still rather be in his current position than Bowman’s. We’ll take his word for it.
— Ken Willis, firstname.lastname@example.org