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In the world of NASCAR, rivalries and tensions between drivers are not uncommon. These feuds often stem from intense on-track battles, resulting in heated exchanges and strong emotions. One such rivalry has been brewing between Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin, reaching its boiling point in recent weeks.

Bowman’s comment during a pre-race conference in Atlanta made it clear that he harbors strong feelings towards Hamlin, further intensifying the animosity between the two drivers.

“He’s Just a Hack” – Alex Bowman Calls Out Denny Hamlin

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During a pre-race conference in Atlanta, Bowman addressed the recent incident at Chicago. He said, “He [Denny Hamlin] is just, he’s just a hack, he’s terrible.” 

In case you are unaware, these are the exact words Denny Hamlin used against Bowman in a post-race interview at Martinsville in 2021 when the #48 wrecked the #11 to take the race win on the last lap. So, looking back at that incident, Bowman decided it would be hilarious to use Hamlin’s words against him, in a joking way of course.

But as he actually went on to express his feelings, he said, “No. He just messed up and missed a corner, and crashed into me, just like I did to him at Martinsville… I’m not angry about it. We had an engine failure that was completely unrelated. So it was going to go poorly, anyway. So we’ll just chalk that one up to it is what it is and move on.”

When asked whether he sought Hamlin out after the race, Bowman replied, “Yeah, I mean, he told me it was on my to-do list of things before I got back to the racetrack for sure…I shaded the touch to the right and I was right in the water puddle.”

Denny later added to the conversation as he recalled the Martinsville incident and said, “Yeah, yeah, certainly his was unintentional. I understand, and certainly mine was as well.” 

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The Chicago Race Tragedy Between Bowman and Hamlin

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So what exactly happened in Chicago? On Lap 42, as the cars navigated the downtown streets of the Windy City, Hamlin rode on the bumper of Bowman’s No. 48 car. Exiting the looped section in Turns 8-10, Hamlin locked up his brakes on the wet streets, leading to a slide into the rear of Bowman’s car.

USA Today via Reuters

The impact sent Bowman’s car spinning across the track before it made slight contact with the wall. It was an unfortunate turn of events for Bowman, who was already dealing with unrelated mechanical problems that further hindered his performance in the race, ultimately finishing 37th.

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As NASCAR fans, we can only wait and see how this rivalry unfolds and whether these two competitors can eventually find common ground or remain locked in a battle on and off the track.

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