It might not be Babe Ruth’s called shot or Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III guarantee, but Denny Hamlin’s proclamation after the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener last week was just as bold.
Hamlin entered the postseason as the top seed based on his four regular-season wins, but when his fuel tank ran dry Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, he opened the Chase with a 16th-place finish and a thud. The gaffe dropped him into a tie for fourth place in the standings, 15 points behind race winner Brad Keselowski.
But Hamlin, never one to demur in the self-confidence department, issued this post-race tweet: “This is 1 week of 10. We will win next week.”