A 7-year-old Denny Hamlin wrote a letter saying he wanted to be a Daytona 500 champion when he grows up

Denny Hamlin Wins the 2016 Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin Wins the 2016 Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin won his first Daytona 500 on Sunday with a final-lap surge that was one for the ages. It turns out Hamlin has been dreaming about this since he was in elementary school.

Shortly after the race, Hamlin's mother posted a photo of a letter written by Hamlin in 1987, according to Fox, when he was seven years old. The letter appears to be a typical school assignment in which the children are asked what they want to be when they grow up.

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Hamlin's answer? A Daytona 500 champion. Why? Because at seven years old, Hamlin just loved racing.

Here is the letter:

The letter reads as follows:

The Daytona 500

My wish is to win the Daytona 500. If I won the Daytona 500, I would like it to come true on February 17, 1998. My car would be red, white, blue and gold. Just like Bill Elliott's car. If I do win the Daytona 500, I could win 1,000,000 dollars. My crew chief would be Gary Barden and my tire changer would be Ernie Elliott. The reason for all of this is because I love racing.

Hamlin was a little off with the year, the color of his car, and the makeup of his pit crew, but he got the important part right — he is now a Daytona 500 champion.

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