Hamlin now holds the wild card by the very edges of his fingernails; half a dozen drivers could bump him from the slot with a victory. And with ever-decreasing confidence that his cars will end races the way they started -- all in one piece, still running -- Hamlin has to be concerned that even if he manages to make the Chase, he'll be a nonfactor: which is almost worse.
Fortunately, he's got some inspirational friends, like the dude in the photo above. Michael Jordan, whose logo Hamlin now sports on his firesuit, has become something of a NASCAR fan due to Hamlin, and after the race sent him this lovely motivational text:
Good thing Hamlin didn't accidentally tweet Jordan's number, huh? Anyway, if anyone can motivate you to run down a guy who's won five championships, it's a guy who's won six.
- Denny Hamlin