For the first time since Martinsville, Denny Hamlin talks about the dump and run
On Sunday night, Denny Hamlin put the bumper to Chase Elliott. Elliott, seeking his first win was spun around and put into the fence. Now, Denny is on the mic for the first time since the incident…
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“My weeks been good. This is really my first interview, doing anything since the race,” Denny Hamlin states via Tradin’ Paint on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Denny Hamlin was Jimmy Dugan. The guy that said, ‘There’s no crying in baseball.’ With that said…
Jim Noble asks the obvious question. Is there any crying in NASCAR? “No. Come on, it’s racing,” Hamlin responds.
Scott Pruett shared a guest seat as well. Pruett see’s that question and response as his cue to exit the stage. ‘It’s getting to hot for me,” Pruett says.
“No. Nothing will change,” Denny Hamlin continues. “Things happen in racing. It has for a billion years.” Denny uses that classic Hamlin math that everybody has grown to love this week. “It’s not the first. It won’t be the last. I can guarantee you that.”
Chase Elliott isn’t going to wreck Denny Hamlin at Texas Motor Speedway, despite the #24 crew chief’s warning to Hamlin. Chase has his own championship to race for. He isn’t going to risk wrecking his own car, only for the sake of getting even. But, that doesn’t mean he’s not going to use every inch of the race track when he’s around that purple #11 car.
“I’ve told them that. However you want to race me is absolutely fine, I’ll be ok with that. I’m not worried about it. I have no time to be worried about anything like that. We have two more races to get ourselves in the final 4.”
Denny Hamlin’s apology letter, the one where he claimed 10,000 races, looked a little PR’ish. A least that’s the way some took it. But Denny Hamlin confirms that the letter was written do to his own feelings at that time. He wasn’t encourages by any outside source, it came from the heart.
What I was being regretful for was just being too aggressive.
“I was on my way home. You know, you just think about things. What I was being regretful for was just being too aggressive at that time. I know, in my head that there was absolutely no intent.”
“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a situation like that before. I haven’t seen any tapes come up of me saying that, that ain’t true. I think my reputation on the race track and the way I drive, speaks for itself,” Denny Hamlin pleads his case that he’s a clean racer.
Has Denny Hamlin spoken to Chase Elliott since Martinsville?
“You know, I’ve offered to have contact and conversation,” Hamlin confirms that he’s reached out.
“But, it’s typical. When someone’s mad, they choose not too,” Denny doesn’t blame Chase Elliott for not wanting to talk.”