Denny Hamlin Highlights “Biased” NASCAR Fans’ Perspective on “Boujie” F1 While Laying Out the Learning Aspects of Rival Motorsport League

Published 03/22/2023, 6:06 AM EDT

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Ask any average racing fan which car racing scene they follow, and you will get the usual response of F1 or NASCAR. While both have their obvious advantages and disadvantages, ardent fans certainly know the nuances of both leagues.

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NASCAR and F1 definitely have the thrill factor woven into their fabric, but the newbies may not reflect this and may rather talk about their favorite. This very debate has been around for a long period. And that is where the NASCAR veteran, Denny Hamlin comes in.

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Denny, in the recent episode of Actions Detrimental, puts a cease-fire to this dispute and elaborates on what sets both the racing powerhouses apart from each other. He joins his co-host, Jared Allen, to settle this argument once and for all.

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Denny Hamlin and Jared Allen discuss NASCAR and F1, and what separates them

In the recent Action Detrimental podcast, Denny shared his thoughts and shed light on the perspective of an average NASCAR fan. He, being a veteran of one of the sports, wanted to know this from a fan’s standpoint, so what did he do? Well, in order to educate his fans and offer a better perspective, Denny simply asked his followers to describe both leagues in one word.

And the responses were quite interesting. For F1, the positives were thrilling, prestigious, technology, and pinnacle. On the flip side, there were boring, casual, pretentious, and boujie. And for NASCAR, fans wrote: long, grip, family, blue color, restricted. Hearing this Joe Gibbs Racing driver also asked, “What we could do in NASCAR  to grow the sport like F1 is growing?” 

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While accepting the shortcomings, Denny, being Denny, didn’t miss his chance to take a stiff jab at NASCAR when he satirically said, “we shouldn’t censor our athletes.” Further, he accepts the fact that F1 is much more technical.

Also, hearing NASCAR fans describe F1 as ‘boujie’, Denny called them “Biased.” However, Allen was quick to point out that being boujie is better in today’s world.

Despite all of this, Denny acknowledged how NASCAR has “spread its wings”.

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Denny actually admits the technicalities of F1 and admires its vast following, but the driver also shows how NASCAR has evolved over the years. He, who is also an “advocate of shorter races,” also pointed out the limitations of being more “technical” in a sport where teams are allowed to build race cars from identical parts saying, “it’s not much to that.”

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While Denny agrees with the sport having fewer exclusives with the top drivers and that some marketing changes are relevant, he also feels the updates are on their way.

He added, “I do think that we are going through some change with it, I think that while it’s been a south, south-eastern regional thing for a long time, we’ve branched out, we’re spreading our wings, we’re going to Chicago in the city, we’re in Sanoma, we’re near the LA market, Vegas, I mean it certainly seems like we could make some changes but I feel like we’re, we’re on our way to doing it, I really do, I think we’re on a very good path.” 

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Prominent names of F1 are coming onto the NASCAR stage in COTA with Kimi Raikkonen driving for Track house Racing and Jenson Button in his No.15 car. Fans of both sports are about to have a special crossover event.

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Kishore is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Ever since he was a kid, he has been an ardent racing fan who looks to incorporate his intense passion for the sport and his research skills to proper use. As a budding Motorsport Journalist, he plans to step on the gas by following the racing scene while constantly doing his best to produce articles that have a strong 'fan's perspective' essence to them.
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