Denny Hamlin Takes a Pop at ‘Chase Elliott Fans’ After Ugly Martinsville Heckling

Published 11/01/2021, 5:01 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Final 4 drivers have been officially confirmed for the Phoenix Raceway. Joining Kyle Larson in the season finale are Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin. Out of the four of them, only Truex Jr managed a Top 5 finish, which was absolutely crucial.

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However, it appeared that Hamlin was not overly popular among the fans and they all booed him. When asked about it, he simply quipped, “It’s just Chase Elliott fans, man. They don’t think straightly. They’re going to boo the sh** out of me next week, I can tell you that.”

Poor old Hamlin had a race to forget when he finished 24th at the Martinsville Speedway. Apparently, Martinsville, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin have a bit of history between themselves. Back in 2017, the two were battling for a chance to make it to the Championship 4. Unfortunately, Hamlin punted Elliott out of the race and it led to a Kyle Busch win.

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Denny Hamlin will want to move on from this and focus on the finale

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Four years on, and it appears that fans have still not forgiven Hamlin for that stunt. The #11 driver did not do himself any favors either, when he took shots at race-winner Alex Bowman. At least he can take comfort in the fact that he is still in the championship running, albeit just barely.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 07: Denny Hamlin, Driver of the #11 NASCAR Next Gen car, talks with a team member in the garage during the NASCAR Cup Series test at Daytona International Speedway on September 07, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

In all honesty, he just about managed to squeak in, despite a 3rd place finish for Brad Keselowski. In addition to that, Kyle Busch was 2nd, with Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney in 10th and 11th. Now, the driver has to face off against, Larson, Elliott, and his own teammate Martin Truex Jr.

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Two Hendrick drivers face off against two Joe Gibbs Racing drivers next weekend in the finale. Additionally, two drivers who are title winners are up against two men who are hunting for a maiden Cup Series title. This time around, it is every man for himself, and the finale promises to be epic.

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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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