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Denny Hamlin Shows Why He’s the Youngest Old Driver in NASCAR Today With a “Hip Hop” Slang

Published 05/02/2022, 1:52 PM EDT

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Today Denny Hamlin could be considered as a veteran in NASCAR, technically. After all, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is 41. However, despite his age and the big belt of experience, Hamlin is cooler than most of the young drivers in the sport.

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This was something he made all the more evident during the Dover Cup race in an exchange with his crew chief, Chris Gabehart.

The crew chief said while the rain brought out a red flag to halt a race, that was subsequently postponed. “My gut here is if we get wet-wet then I think we’re done,” Gabeheart said.


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This led to Hamlin questioning, “Did you say wet-wet?” “Yes, if the track gets wet-wet,” the crew chief explained.

That’s hip-hop slang. You’re cool and don’t even know it,” Hamlin replied.

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As was expected, Denny Hamlin was questioned about his recent controversial meme video that earned him a sensitivity training sanction from NASCAR.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver described the penalty was something he saw having “correlation in the driving”, but that was it.


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I didn’t even think twice about the other (racial implications), which is — that’s the insensitive part, right? Whoever created it put I guess his name in front of a woman who’s speaking Asian, I guess you’re making fun of that,” he added.

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The Joe Gibbs Racing driver added that in his opinion, “it was hilarious” but at the same time, it was also “insensitive”.


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 “I definitely understand how some people could find it offensive. And if it’s one, then it’s one too many,” Hamlin said.

It remains to be seen whether Denny Hamlin reconsiders his outspoken nature, particularly on social media. What happened recently would surely have led to his sponsors and his team questioning him, having ‘a talk’ with him.


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Regardless, he’d hope when the season comes to an end, fans and he himself remembers it for one thing and one thing only; winning races and hopefully his first Cup championship.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.