Denny Hamlin who sports the No.11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing has given his own take on Mike Hembree’s power ranking of the 10 best NASCAR Cup Series drivers since 2000 and Hamlin seems to have ruled himself out of the list despite having three Daytona 500 wins, four Southern 500 wins with an All-Star Race victory in 2015 and NBC who will be assuming broadcasting duties from Fox Sports from the weekend at Nashville Superspeedway and will also be available on NBC Sports streaming website.
Denny Hamlin’s top 10 include seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson who is also the only driver to win consecutively from 2006-2010 and also has four All-Star Race wins with four Coca-Cola 600 wins and many more to his name, Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner with three Cup Series Championships and the 1997 IndyCar Series Championship and Hendrick Motorsports Vice Chairman Jeff Gordon who has four Winston Cup Series Championships making up the top three in Denny Hamlin’s list.
The rest of the list includes active racers who still compete either part-time or full-time in any of the three National NASCAR Series and they are Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick followed by RFK Racing’s Brad Keselowski and Team Penske’s Joey Logano tied up at 6th place with 2023 Hall of Fame inductee Matt Kenseth followed by 23X1 Racing’s Kurt Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. to conclude his top 10.
Here’s how NASCAR Twitter reacted to Denny Hamlin’s top 10 drivers list
To start off with Denny Hamlin’s list, it sure did include the best drivers of NASCAR from over two decades starting way back with Jimmie Johnson and to the comparatively younger ones like Kyle Busch and others but fans rather questioned why Hamlin didn’t include himself in his own list and few fans also argued that he belongs on the list with few agreeing to his top 10 and few criticized his list whereas few fans were also curious as to why he didn’t include new-age drivers like Kyle Larson or Chase Elliott who still have a long way to go but are definitely among the top contenders today’s sport.