The say you have to lose a championship to win one. Jimmie Johnson lost his in 2003 and 2004. For Denny Hamlin, he lost that championship last season, more than JJ won it (not taking anything away from 5 time).
Love Hamlin or hate him, you can see the desire to win in his eyes and the determination he has to be the best. He wants this. As he said last year, he would rather Jimmie Johnson win the chase then some one else, because he wants to be the one to take down the champ.He won the most races last season, but just came up 39 points short.
And what gets lost in the excitement of the finish, is the season did not start well for Hamlin. And when he had to have mid-season knee surgery, many wrote him off in 2010. So imagine what Denny can do health for an entire season.