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Now this is a precious story.

NASCAR fans, you know Denny Hamlin had a rough day on Sunday, Nov. 12.


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The driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series saw his 2017 title dreams come to an end after an aggressive battle and collision with Chase Elliot on the track in Phoenix.

Denny was admittedly devastated, and not in the best head or heart space as he boarded the plane and flew home.

But when he got there, everything changed. And yesterday, he posted the story on his Twitter page.

Prepare to have your heart melted by Denny’s little girl, Taylor.

“Had such a great day going when circumstances ended our day badly and, like that, our run at a championship is over,” he wrote. “On the flight back I was pretty mad and dejected, but then the flight home came and Taylor was running around, fully of energy and happy. First my reaction was to tell her to stop it and sit down and be quiet, then I realized she had no idea how my day was, she was just happy that her friends (the Kenseth’s) daddy won.”

He goes on to say, “There’s something to be learned in all this, and I’m not sure I know what it is, but I’m just gonna smile, give her a hug and tell her I love the little girl she has become.”

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Isn’t it amazing? We do our best to teach our children, and then sometimes — in the most necessary and perfect moments — they teach us.

We’re learning from this lesson, too, and just know that with this perspective, Denny will no doubt have a winning season next year.

A NASCAR star’s loss turns into victory Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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