Alex Bowman’s Crew Chief Gets Brutally Honest on Denny Hamlin’s Post-Race Comments at Martinsville

Published 11/02/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 29: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Cincinnati Chevrolet, walks on the grid before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 29, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Greg Ives, the crew chief of Martinsville race winner Alex Bowman, recently reacted to Denny Hamlin’s post-race comments of the driver and his team.


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Ives, to many’s surprise, had a very honest and fair reaction to Hamlin’s brutal remarks.

He has the right to his opinion on that one, and yeah, I mean, if roles were reversed, I’d probably be upset as well,” the crew chief said in a recent interview with SiriusXM.


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With seven laps to go, Bowman made contact with race leader Hamlin in an attempt to pass him.

This led to Hamlin spinning while Bowman went clean through and won the race in Martinsville.

Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) celebrates after winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

As a result, he found himself on the receiving end of a pretty brutal assessment by the 40-year-old driver who finished in 24th place.

Hamlin called Bowman an absolute hack for his driving.

He then went on to further criticise his performances in the fastest car.

Greg Ives knows

The crew chief insisted their team has the ability to win the races as reflected in their four wins this season.

But he also admitted that they have to avoid such instances to continue their progress.

“There’s no doubt that in order for us to be better, we have to be cleaner.”

TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 30: Crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, Greg Ives stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Alex Bowman and Greg Ives not hurt by Hamlin’s comments

However brutal Hamlin’s comments were towards Bowman and his team, Greg Ives explained neither he nor Bowman took it to their hearts.

“It’s not like it hurt my feelings, or Alex’s, sometimes that’s the truth and we know it.”

He pointed out that they try to race as cleanly as they can and nobody can point out something to them which they don’t already know.


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In the interview, Ives said, some things are said truthfully, and some are said out of spite.

Considering his reaction to Hamlin’s comments, it’s not that hard to guess which side Ives is on.


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Do you think Hamlin was being spiteful or was he being truthful?

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.