Denny Hamlin looking forward to birth of first child

Driver Denny Hamlin (R) and girlfriend Jordan Fish attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas on December 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pa. — Driver Denny Hamlin announced Friday at Pocono Raceway that he and his girlfriend, former Charlotte Bobcats cheerleader Jordan Fish, are expecting a child in January.

“It’s been a long time coming, so it’s going to be exciting to be a dad,” Hamlin, 31, told reporters in Pocono’s media center. “It’s going to be a great experience. I’m really excited about it and just excited to be part of it.

“For my parents to have grandkids, it’s all going to be good. Everything works great, things happened, and we’re excited that the timing’s going to be in January, since it’s the offseason — all that seems to be aligning perfectly for us.”

Asked whether he and Fish had set a wedding date, Hamlin indicated there are no nuptials in his immediate future.

“Especially now that all of this is going on, you want to be patient and everything,” Hamlin said. “I’m 31, so I consider myself pretty patient if I haven’t been married yet. There’s no reason to rush into it right now, especially with everything that’s going on.”

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