When it comes to debates over greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, it’s unlikely that someone will throw out a name like Denny Hamlin. That said, the 39-year-old has made a seriously lucrative career at NASCAR’s highest level. Sure, he doesn’t have a NASCAR championship yet, but he’s been counting his millions for quite some time now.
Here, we’ll look at some major Denny Hamlin moments from over the years and show just how much he’s worth these days. Hint: It’s a lot. And, as you’ll see, there’s a reason he’s one of the richest NASCAR drivers racing today.
Denny Hamlin’s NASCAR Career
Born James Dennis Alan Hamlin to Dennis Hamlin and Mary Lou Hamlin, Denny Hamlin claims Tampa, Florida as his birth place, but was raised in Chesterfield, Virginia for most of his childhood. Like most NASCAR drivers, Hamlin started his racing career early on by racing go-karts at the age of seven. At 15, he got his first taste of glory, winning the WKA manufacturers cup.
Eventually, Denny moved on to Late Model Stock Car racing, and after several years of success there, he signed a driver development contract with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2004. He started out in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now the Gander Outdoors Truck Series), and in 16 races run over the course of nine years, he has racked up two wins, 10 top-10 finishes, and one pole.
In 2005, Hamlin competed in his first full season of the NASCAR Xfinity Series (back when it was the Busch Series). Today, he has 161 Xfinity races under his belt, with 17 wins, 99 top-10 finishes, and 21 poles.
2006 marked Hamlin’s first full season in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). He started his Cup Series career off strong, winning the 2006 Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year and also becoming the first rookie to qualify for the Chase for the Nextel Cup. The three-time Daytona 500 winner has run in 507 Cup races over the course of his career, winning 38 and garnering 259 top-10 finishes and 34 poles.
Currently, Hamlin races full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series behind the wheel of the No. 11 Toyota Camry for JGR. He also competes part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 18 Toyota Supra.
Denny Hamlin Net Worth
So, just how rich is Denny Hamlin? He’s got an estimated net worth of $30 million. Sponsored by FedEx, Hamlin made a total of $14.2 million in 2018 alone, with $12.7 million coming from salary and winnings and $1.5 million coming from endorsements and licensing.
Denny lives in a 30,000 square-foot mansion in Lake Norman, North Carolina with his girlfriend, Jordan Fish, and his two kids, Taylor James Hamlin and Molly Gold Hamlin. This place has a bowling alley, a basketball court, 24 TVs, and a racecar in a glass-walled garage. Yeah, we’d say Denny is doing pretty good for himself.
This post was originally published on November 26, 2019.