Denny Hamlin Engages in a War of Words With Fan After Alex Bowman Drama in Martinsville

Published 11/02/2021, 9:02 AM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, sits by his team hauler in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2010 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)


At the Martinsville Speedway, Denny Hamlin did not make too many friends over the course of his career. The last straw was when he punted out Chase Elliott in 2017 while they were fighting to make it to the Final 4. This year, he was up to his old tricks again, when he tried to knock out Alex Bowman.

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He wrote on Twitter, “I don’t expect you to understand my emotions. You don’t see the time I spend working on my craft. Don’t see the work these teams put in. You haven’t been taken out twice in the last 10 weeks. One costing us Regular Season championship. The other nearly ending our season. I don’t care what your opinions are, I don’t care what you think of me. You don’t know me.”

However, a fan found it ‘interesting’ that a driver with no championships would call out another driver. Especially when his own teammates defeated him on the track. Additionally, he found it odd that Hamlin classified the move wrecking Chase Elliott as “just short track racing”. When he is the recipient, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has major issues with the matter.

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Denny Hamlin hit back at the fan

The driver quipped that the fan probably had his interviews muddled up. Hamlin admitted that it came as no surprise to him because it took place nearly half a decade ago. He snapped that if their favorite driver was the aggressor, the fans would be singing a different tune.

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According to the #11 driver, there is a lack of respect out and it needs to be earned back. Hamlin insisted that he worked extremely hard to get to where he is. He did not have the luxury of a racing pedigree or rich sponsors. The driver insisted that he has spent 16 years trying to win the Cup Series title and this weekend is his best opportunity.

LOUDON, NH – JULY 18: Denny Hamlin, driver of the (11) FedEx Office Toyota Camry, checks his car before the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18, 2021, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Hamlin was not exactly ‘Mr. Popular’ at Martinsville but he still managed to sneak into the Final 4, despite finishing 24th. He joins arch-rival Chase Elliott, title favorite, Kyle Larson, and his own teammate Martin Truex Jr. Now, the arena awaits the two Hendrick and two Joe Gibbs drivers.

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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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