Denny Hamlin Caddies for Bubba Watson at Masters: A Fan’s Reaction

This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is taking a break. Driver Denny Hamlin is taking full advantage of the break to spend a little time on the golf course. On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Hamlin made an appearance at the Masters' Par 3 Contest at Augusta National Golf Club. Hamlin was not there as a player, however, he was there to caddy for his good friend, rising golfer Bubba Watson. The 33 year old golfer is currently ranked 12th in the FedEx Cup and 16th worldwide. Watson will be competing in the Masters this weekend, though Hamilton will clearly not be caddying for him in that event.

Hamlin has been having a good season so far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is currently in seventh in the points standings. After getting a new crew chief, Darian Grubb, Hamlin has been seeing a lot of success. Grubb had been with Tony Stewart in the 2011 season. After Stewart won the Chase for the Cup to take the championship title for the season, Grubb was let go and Stewart is now working with a new crew chief. Grubb was not without a job for long, however, and he was quickly hired to take over the crew chief role for Hamlin.

After the week long break, on Saturday, April 14, 2012, the racers will return to their cars for a night race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Samsung Mobile 500 will be the seventh race of the season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The high banked oval track provides a great setting for the night races.

It is always neat to see athletes participating in other sports, especially when the athlete acknowledges limitations and is somewhat humble. That Hamlin was able to take a break from the stress of competition with a special golf trip may help him relax and refocus when it comes time to get back in his car. This has so far been a wild season and I fully expect to see that continue when the series travels to Texas Motor Speedway for the night race.

Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.

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Updated Friday, Apr 6, 2012