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Denny Hamlin stood in the infield at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum watching the NASCAR Cup Series’ second last-chance qualifying race as a car owner in a driver’s suit.

When he competed in the earlier Clash at the Coliseum qualifier, the 17-year veteran was fine.
Just another day at the office.

But as a minority partner of 23XI Racing, he anxiously watched both of his investments turn hard-edged laps at the quarter-mile track.

The three-time Daytona 500 titleholder wasn’t fine. Not at all.

Denny Hamlin stood in LA Coliseum infield acting like ‘backseat driver’ 

As part owner, Hamlin looked tense in LA on Feb. 6.

“I’m nervous,” he told Fox Sports during the race. “I’m way more nervous than when I’m driving it. When I’m driving it, I can control what I want to do. When you’re watching, you’re out of control.

“I’m trying to backseat drive.”

With co-owner Michael Jordan, Hamlin’s team went 1-for-2. Bubba Wallace, who has a lot to prove to Jordan this season, made the Clash main event, but Busch failed.

To further frustrate Hamlin, the executive, Wallace was a non-factor during the highly-rated Clash at the Coliseum.
As a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, Hamlin has yet to find his Next Gen groove.

During the Gen-6 era, Hamlin captured three Harley J. Earl Trophies.

Should Hamlin be worried?

Considering how strong Hendrick Motorsports looked during the single-car qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16, should the entire industry be concerned? Hendrick earned four of the top five spots.

Defending series champion Kyle Larson (181.159 mph) earned the pole, and he’ll be joined by teammate Alex Bowman (181.046) on the outside of the front row.

Hamlin placed eighth at 179.723. He’s still the odds-on favorite to win “The Great American Race” on Feb. 20, according to Odds Shark.

Hamlin: ‘I just think I have a good understanding of the air here and how it moves around the walls’  

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NASCAR Cup Series driver and co-owner Denny Hamlin speaks to the media during 64th Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Florida | James Gilbert/Getty Images

With three Daytona 500 titles over the past six years (2016, 2019, 2020), Hamlin is among the all-time greats at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Moving out of the Gen-6 cars and into Next Gen machines, will Hamlin maintain his Daytona touch?

Over the past four Daytona 500s, Hamlin has only placed in the top five each outing. But compared to Hendrick Motorsports, Hamlin looked slow as a driver – and an owner.

Wallace (179.297) placed 16th in qualifying, and Busch (178.98) was 25th.

Speaking at NASCAR’s Media Day on Feb. 16, Hamlin described his Daytona advantage over the past decade.

“I just think I have a good understanding of the air here and how it moves around the walls,” he said, reported by motorsport.com. “… Here, there is just something about – whatever it is – the banking or the width of the track, height of the walls or something that I just kind of know where those little pockets of air are it seems like that are a little bit better.”

Hamlin still searching for Next Gen car groove 

With the Next Gen models, NASCAR officials intended to introduce driver parity back into stock car racing. Hendrick Motorsports’ qualifying dominance aside, most insiders anticipate additional mid-level drivers will challenge more lead-lap positions in 2022. 

As teams tested the Next Gen cars over the past few years, Hamlin has viewed the sessions as a driver and an owner.   

“We have a new car now and it’s going to move around a little bit different and we will probably be learning just like everyone else will be this weekend,” Hamlin said. “I don’t know that the advantage really will be as big as what it was in the past.” 

If an advantage can be found, look for Hamlin to exploit it somehow. Someway.

Vegas is betting on it.

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Title: Does Denny Hamlin Still Have the Daytona 500 Touch?
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Published Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2022 05:25:27 +0000

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5th Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards Announces Nominees in Film, TV, and Visual Media

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) announced today the nominees for the 2024 SCL Awards. Many of the contenders reflect the Oscar shortlist that was also announced today. The nominees include songwriters Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Lenny Kravitz, Diane Warren, and Jon Batiste who earned spots on the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song. […]

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Title: 5th Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards Announces Nominees in Film, TV, and Visual Media
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2024 Oscars: Best Original Song Predictions

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With the 2024 Oscars shortlists now out, it’s clear that “Barbie” will have a significant presence in the Best Original Song category.

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Published Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2023 22:30:00 +0000

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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Title: Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’
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