NASCAR Fans Hit Out at Denny Hamlin After his Criticism of NASCAR Officials

Published 08/29/2022, 3:25 PM EDT

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The 2022 NASCAR Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a divisive race for many. This was because the race was interrupted by adverse weather conditions.

If we’re being honest, we should have seen this coming, as the entire race weekend was plagued with weather delays. So NASCAR should have anticipated this, and now they have earned the wrath of many drivers, including Denny Hamlin.


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However, what the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said didn’t really sit well with the fans.

He said, “All I can say is better officiating. That’s all that we can do. Like New Hampshire, just learn from this, I’m sure. I knew it was raining down the front, it’s just what we got.”

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“My whole body just, literally, jaw hurts. My jaw was like one of those boxers, just gets the whole face demolished.”

“It’s certainly the first real Big One I’ve had in this car. Everything they’ve been telling us drivers, is true. It’s legit!”


NASCAR fans disagreed with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin

It is worth mentioning that a number of fans slammed the #11 driver for his comments. Some jokingly asked if the officials had ‘superpowers’ to predict the weather and throw a caution, accordingly.

Others believed that he was only whining because he was leading at the time, and a stoppage could have resulted in a win.

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Some observed that Hamlin and Daniel Suarez reported that it had been raining for a whole lap, and others said that it rained just before the crash.


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One thing is for sure, a fair number of fans tried to paint him as a big villain. Having said that, it was a very nasty wreck, and a number of drivers visited the infield medical center.


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Hamlin was one of them, as he received an almighty whack during the impact. Fortunately, it seems like everyone was able to walk away in one piece and without any lasting injury.

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Written by:

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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Ranvijay Singh