Freddie Kraft Describes How a “Booed Enough” Denny Hamlin Could’ve Taken Away Daniel Suarez’s Historic NASCAR Win

Published 06/17/2022, 6:15 AM EDT
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – JULY 18: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, talks to crew on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2021 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

At Sonoma Raceway, Daniel Suarez made history. However, the end result could’ve been very different had Denny Hamlin decided to deliver the payback to Suarez’s Trackhouse Racing boss, Justin Marks.

The thing is, after the incident between Suarez’s teammate Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin at Gateway, Marks had defended his driver (even though the driver apologized) and got into a somewhat of a Twitter feud with Hamlin.

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And it was the events on the track and on Twitter for which the Joe Gibbs Racing driver could’ve ended Suarez’s race at one point in Sonoma according to NASCAR spotter Freddie Kraft.

“If Denny wanted to, he could’ve taken out the #99 out of the playoffs. Like he could’ve taken that win away from them. All you gotta do is back him up to (Chris) Buescher, and Buescher would’ve handled it from there,” the spotter said in a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast.

“As soon as I’d seen him come out, I was like, ‘Oh boy.'”

Kraft argued that one other reason he wouldn’t have wrecked Suarez was that his problem wasn’t with him in the first place.

“There’s no reason to penalize Daniel for Ross (Chastain) and Justin (Marks),” he added. “He gets booed enough as it is now.”

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Denny Hamlin is still sour with Ross Chastain after their incident at Gateway

Before the race in Sonoma, Denny Hamlin was asked whether having a conversation with Ross Chastain after what he did on track in Illinois, helped him have a better perspective of the whole thing.

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“No,” Hamlin simply replied.

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)

As for how the conversation with Chastain went, Denny Hamlin claimed that “it went okay.” The Joe Gibbs Racing driver revealed that NASCAR hasn’t stepped into the whole mix in any capacity so far.

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“I think he knows where I stand,” Hamlin added.

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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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