NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin announced on Friday at Ponoco Raceway that he and his girlfriend, former Charlotte Bobcats cheerleader Jordan Fish, are expecting their first child together. The baby is due in January. It is both Hamlin and Fish’s first child.
“It’s been a long time coming, so it’s going to be exciting to be a dad,” Hamlin told the NASCAR Wire Service on Friday. “It’s going to be a great experience. I’m really excited about it and just excited to be part of it.”
Hamlin was asked if there was a wedding date in the pair’s future, but told the Associated Press, “There’s no reason to rush it.”
The way the timing has turned out for the baby’s due date has Hamlin expecting everything to work out for the best.
“For my parents to have grandkids, it’s all going to be good,” Hamlin said. “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.”
His recent race performances have Denny Hamlin expecting to improve on his position in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings. Hamlin remained in fifth place for the second week in a row prior to the Pennsylvania 400 race which runs Sunday. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 64 points, is 37 behind fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson. He leads sixth-ranked Kevin Harvick by 14 points.
Hamlin has two wins, nine top five finishes and 11 top 10 finishes this season. Hamlin has racked up $4,157,735 in winnings so far this season.