We all make wishes when we’re young. Rarely do children actually get to see those dreams come to fruition on the biggest stage.
On Sunday afternoon, that’s exactly what happened for Denny Hamlin.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver edged out Martin Truex Jr. by 0.010 seconds to take home his first Daytona 500 victory. That happened to be his wish he wrote about as a child, which his mother, Mary Lou Hamlin, revealed shortly after his triumph.
— Mary Lou Hamlin (@11mommalou) February 21, 2016
“If I remember right, it was second grade, so I’m probably seven years old,” Hamlin said during the post-race press conference. “I said I wanted to win it. I think if you look at the date, it’s like February something 1998. I missed it by a little bit on the date.”
With JGR coming off a championship season and Toyota clearly the class of NASCAR after placing four cars in the top five on Sunday, Hamlin has a chance to win a lot more races this season.
The moral of the story? Dreams really do come true, kids.