Former Driver Warns NASCAR of Making “A Mountain Out of a Molehill” Amidst the Denny Hamlin Controversy

Published 04/30/2022, 5:55 AM EDT
DAYTONA, FL – AUGUST 28: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Shaping Black Futures Toyota, during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 28, 2021 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl.(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“I think we’re making a mountain out of a molehill.” This is what former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace had to say about the recent Denny Hamlin run-in with NASCAR after the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was sent to sensitivity training.

For those of you who don’ know, to keep it short and simple, Hamlin had posted a meme from a very popular mainstream television show, The Family Guy, that a certain percentage of people found offensive regardless of the fact that the meme was posted with no malice and aimed at a good friend of the person who posted it.

This led to NASCAR considering the Twitter outrage and penalizing one of their top, most marketable drivers for a meme.

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In a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, Kenny Wallace called this whole saga “a crazy story.” He described what Hamlin did as “all in fun.”

Wallace recalled how back in the day, Twitter was fun and considered “child play.”

“Now we got the Pope on there. We got the President on there. And now all these sports leagues, whether it’s Major League Baseball, NHL, or now NASCAR, NASCAR is monitoring these athletes,” he continued.

“NASCAR, they’re part of the digital age and they’re all over everything. They see everything. And they felt it wasn’t appropriate, they looked in their handbook and they said, if you disparage anybody of any different look, so you get in trouble.”

What Denny Hamlin did was “harmless” and “funny, ” according to Kenny Wallace

The former NASCAR driver shed some light on a concerning behavior sweeping across society in the modern age.

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We’re all out of hand right now,” he said. “We’re just totally out of hand. To me, I thought it was fun. I didn’t think it was necessary to go so far.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, is seen on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

He then shared his opinion on the current state of affairs and how they’re handled, not just in NASCAR, but across the country.

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“I believe, my opinion is, we got 90% of America, stopping everyday American life, and making everybody apologize for using a meme. That was to me, harmless, funny,” he emphasized.

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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.

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