Michael Jordan’s Business Partner Denny Hamlin Teases New NASCAR Venture; Similar to Dale Earnhardt Jr.


The beginning of any special thing, any special moment in time, is something you hold close to your heart and hold dear for all the obvious reasons. The same goes for NASCAR driver and co-owner Denny Hamlin.


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Driver Joe Gibbs Racing, who also has an ownership stake in 23XI Racing with NBA legend Michael Jordan, recently brought to his attention a potentially concerning situation as Southside Speedway, the track at which the No. 11 driver really started his career, could be lost for a “special area plan.


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Now, this track was shut down when the pandemic hit, shutting down after a six-decade history, but since then it hasn’t resumed operations.

So when a NASCAR fan pointed it out to Hamlin, the veteran driver simply replied, “I’m working on it.”

Could Denny Hamlin follow in the footsteps of Dale Earnhardt Jr?

It’s also worth mentioning that Hamlin could draw inspiration from his former colleague, Dale Earnhardt Jr, who himself played an important role in advocating to save historic but neglected racetracks from fading into oblivion.

In fact, Earnhardt Jr. has his own show about it called “Lost Speedways.”

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The NASCAR Hall of Famer played a key role in not only bringing attention to the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway, but also doing all it could in its restoration process.

The result?


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North Wilkesboro Speedway held a few races in August to sold-out crowds, then won the honor of hosting the NASCAR All-Star Race in 2023.

HOMESTEAD, FL – OCTOBER 23: Toyota FedEx Ground No. 11 driver Denny Hamlin waves to fans as he takes the stage during driver intros ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 23 October 2022 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

So if Denny Hamlin is considering taking action on his own to save his beloved childhood track, Dale Jr. might be the guy he should talk to. As for the fate of Southside Speedway, only time will tell.


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But the fact that drivers like Hamlin and Junior care so much about their own past, their community’s past, as well as the history of their profession, it just goes to show why NASCAR is bigger than a sport.


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