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Denny Hamlin Slams Cancel Culture After Ex-NASCAR Driver Pointed Out the Dale Sr. Hypocrisy in Ross Chastain Controversy

Published 03/15/2023, 2:09 PM EDT

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Honesty, while it’s appreciated, can sometimes have counterproductive consequences. Just ask Denny Hamlin after he confessed to intentionally wrecking Ross Chastain in Phoenix, getting his long-awaited payback on the Watermelon man.

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Hamlin teased an explanation first on his social media after the race, then got into the whole incident a day later on his podcast, where he not only admitted to wrecking Chastain but also touched upon a lot of things related to their short but rich history together.

This confession by the veteran led to a lot of NASCAR fans demanding a penalty against him. And while it may or may not happen, it’s interesting what Kenny Wallace, the former NASCAR driver, had to say about the demands to penalize Hamlin.


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Speaking about the recent Hamlin-Chastain situation and fans demanding a penalty for the former, Kenny Wallace took an interesting approach to tackle the whole subject.

“Thinking about this whole Denny Hamlin deal where he admitted that he took Ross Chastain with him into the wall,” Wallace said in a video he posted on Twitter. “Some people going, ‘We need a penalty!’ I’m thinking to myself, ‘How many times did the great Dale Sr had been penalized?'”


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“People been wrecking people for years people. You want entertainment? Let it be. It didn’t cause a caution.”

This video from Wallace may not necessarily please the ones who are asking Hamlin to be penalized, but it definitely attracted the #11 driver’s attention as he replied, “Cancel Culture is the worlds most deadliest disease Herm.”

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Hamlin on why he didn’t take his revenge on Ross Chastain earlier

Speaking in a recent episode of his podcast show, Actions Detrimental, Denny Hamlin opened up on why it took him so long to take his revenge and why the conditions towards the end of the Phoenix race were ideal.


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He described how it’s difficult when fans wanted him to react “right away”, because he doesn’t want to involve “an innocent bystander” in the whole process. Hamlin said “it’s really hard to do” because he doesn’t want to make anyone else mad by looping them into something they had nothing to do with.

Having said that, he claimed that in Phoenix, the situation was more or less ideal, or in other words, it was a good day to take revenge.


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“I saw we were the only people up top, so I said I’m gonna send him in the fence and door him,” Hamlin said.

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Shaharyar is a 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. While Kyle Busch is always his first pick, he also considers Kyle Larson a legend in the making.
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