A 7-year-old Denny Hamlin wrote a letter saying he wanted to be a Daytona 500 champion when he grows up


Denny Hamlin

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Denny Hamlin won his first Daytona 500 on Sunday with a final-lap surge that was one for the ages. It turns out Hamlin has been dreaming about this since he was in elementary school.

Shortly after the race, Hamlin's mother posted a photo of a letter written by Hamlin in 1987, according to Fox, when he was seven years old. The letter appears to be a typical school assignment in which the children are asked what they want to be when they grow up.

Hamlin's answer? A Daytona 500 champion. Why? Because at seven years old, Hamlin just loved racing.

Here is the letter:


The letter reads as follows:

The Daytona 500

My wish is to win the Daytona 500. If I won the Daytona 500, I would like it to come true on February 17, 1998. My car would be red, white, blue and gold. Just like Bill Elliott's car. If I do win the Daytona 500, I could win 1,000,000 dollars. My crew chief would be Gary Barden and my tire changer would be Ernie Elliott. The reason for all of this is because I love racing.

Hamlin was a little off with the year, the color of his car, and the makeup of his pit crew, but he got the important part right - he is now a Daytona 500 champion.