Days After Dale Jr. Called Out “Guy Talking About Respect”, Victim JJ Yeley “Expected a Little More” From Denny Hamlin

Published 04/10/2023, 6:47 AM EDT

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The world of NASCAR racing is no stranger to controversies and feuds, and the recent clash between Denny Hamlin and JJ Yeley has caused quite a stir in the racing community. After Dale Earnhardt Jr. called out Hamlin as the “guy talking about respect,” many fans and drivers alike have been eagerly waiting for further development in the case. Recently, JJ Yeley spoke out on his incident with Denny Hamlin, shedding light on the situation.

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JJ Yeley Responds to Denny Hamlin’s Apology

In a recent interview with Frontstretch at the Bristol Speedway, #15 Driver JJ Yeley spoke about ‘the’ incident and his subsequent interactions with Hamlin.

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He said, “He sent me a text, but I did not get a call from Denny. Being in our 40’s, I expected a little more out of him, especially being teammates, but you know he apologized, for what it’s worth.”

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Yeley went on to say that he was ready to move on from the incident and focus on future races.

The incident between Yeley and Hamlin occurred during the Richmond race when the two drivers made contact on the track. The Rick Ware Racing driver was frustrated with Hamlin’s driving and later said that he was disappointed with how Hamlin had handled the situation.

 

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Dale Jr. Discusses Denny Hamlin’s Intentions on His Podcast

At Richmond Raceway, it appeared that Denny Hamlin intentionally drove into the back of JJ Yeley’s car, causing the #15  driver to spin. However, the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing driver later clarified the situation on his podcast ‘Actions Detrimental’ and admitted that he had made a misjudgment while competing with the driver from Rick Ware Racing. He further added that ‘I’ll reach out to J.J. and the team and figure out if I can do anything to help them recover from this.’

Just days before Hamlin’s apology, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis shared their perspectives during an episode ‘Dale Jr. Download’ podcast.

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Dale Jr described the post-race situation, quoting JJ’s remark: “The guy talking about respect is out here running over everybody, ain’t that ironic?” His comment came after Hamlin had agreed with Kyle Busch on the lack of respect in the garage, which made him look worse.

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While some fans have defended Hamlin, others are questioning his actions both on and off the track. Do you think he did it on purpose?

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Dasnoor Anand

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Dasnoor Anand is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports who brings a fresh perspective to the world of motorsports. She has always had a knack for writing and a love for cars. She has been an avid follower of Motorsports for several years and is particularly drawn to the intricate workings of the teams in Formula 1 as well as Stock Car Auto Racing.
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