Hamlin likes what he sees from his drivers

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 13: (L-R) Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Dr Pepper Toyota, retired NASCAR driver and advisor to 23XI Racing, Kurt Busch and Tyler Reddick, driver of the #45 Forward Together Toyota, pose for a photos on the grid during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 13, 2023 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Admittedly, Kyle Larson drubbed the rest of the NASCAR Cup Series field in last Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race at reborn North Wilkesboro Speedway, but the performance of 23XI Racing wasn’t lost on team co-owner Denny Hamlin.

23XI’s drivers—Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick—finished second and third, respectively, in the $1-million-to-win exhibition race.

“It makes me feel good,” said Hamlin, who co-owns the team with NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. “It means our team is a high-level, elite team, and one that kind of carried the Toyota banner last week. It makes me feel good about it that they are taking the information and fitting it to their drivers, and the drivers are doing a good job.

“Bubba, especially, in this past year has taken huge strides, and Tyler has been a proven winner. He has continued to work on his craft to get better as well. It really says a lot about that whole team, and what they have been doing on the competition side to get better, working on the small details that make a difference each week.”