In 1987, Denny Hamlin, then a second-grader, wrote that he wanted to win the Daytona 500. Well, on Sunday, he did, edging out Martin Truex Jr. by a couple of inches in the closest Daytona finish in the race’s 58-year history.
While most people were impressed that Hamlin’s second-grade wish came true, Gregg Giannotti couldn’t get over how neat Hamlin’s penmanship was – in cursive, no less.
“That’s what I’m talking about,” Hamlin said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Listen, there’s no way I could write in cursive like that right now. No way. And they don’t even teach it in school anymore. That probably will never be seen again. When someone else accomplishes something after 30 years and they show it, it’s not going to be in cursive anymore. They don’t teach it in school.”
Hamlin, 35, received countless congratulatory text messages after winning on Sunday – so many, in fact, that it was difficult to pinpoint the coolest message or most high-profile well-wisher.
“It’s almost a tie between Bubba Watson and Michael Jordan,” Hamlin said. “It was cool that Bubba, a good friend of mine on the PGA Tour, won on the same weekend. That was really cool. It’s a really close tie, but MJ sent me some cool stuff for sure.”