After Harvick-Elliott Spat, a New Rivalry Brews Between Chase Briscoe and Denny Hamlin

Published 10/21/2021, 6:22 AM EDT
BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 17: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #60 Ford Ford, stands by his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


Over the past few weeks, the Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott rivalry has dominated headlines. However, it appears that another equally fierce rivalry is brewing. This time, it involves Chase Briscoe and Denny Hamlin, and that has been bubbling since Indianapolis.

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Recently, the two drivers clashed at the Texas Motor Speedway, and continued squabbling after the race. Apparently, the two of them rubbed against each other and Briscoe came off worse. With his race compromised, he could only muster 15th on the track. In the aftermath of the race, the duo exchanged words away from the track and on social media.

The incident occurred during the final stage of the race, and neither driver was amused. Hamlin was able to continue unabashed, but Briscoe was forced to pit for repairs. His Stewart-Haas Racing car sustained heavy damage after making contact with the outside wall and he picked up a puncture.

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This is not the first time Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe clashed

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The last time Briscoe and Hamlin squared off, the scene was the inaugural race at the Indianapolis road course. Around that time, the #14 driver cut the first corner on the final lap. Naturally, the officials slapped a penalty, though he did not get the message until much later. Later on, Chase Briscoe got into the back of Hamlin and spun him out, to the latter’s fury.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) arrives in victory lane following his win of the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Fast-forward to the Texas race aftermath, they sparred on social media. Briscoe bemoaned not having ‘10,000 races worth of experience’. However, Hamlin shot back, “Not sure you’ll get there. There’s cars racing for the championship. In case you forgot about taking out the leader and costing him 1 championship already this season. Perhaps when you learn give and take, you will start to finish better.”

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In response, Briscoe declared that he is not going to move over just because he is a Playoff driver. He insisted that he is racing for his career and he wanted to take advantage of his car’s pace. Hamlin then had the last word, suggesting that ‘respect’ is underrated.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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