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NASCAR Fans React as Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott Rekindle Their Feud on Social Media

Published 12/21/2021, 2:29 AM EST

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Recently, a NASCAR fan put up a video of the highlights from the last few laps of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona. This was a fascinating video because of the point of view it portrayed; the video had an onboard camera angle from the hood of Denny Hamlin, and the major focus was on Chase Elliott.

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And the specific laps it highlighted were lap 151 to lap 157. During these laps, the Hendrick driver tried to ‘ride the train’ of cars as he got in front of the Joe Gibbs driver.

Interestingly, Hamlin replied to this fan’s tweet as he wrote, “#9 wanted to ride that train.”


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And then, the driver of the #9, Chase Elliott, replied to Hamlin’s comment, which must’ve reminded fans about the duo’s bitter feud from 2017 that culminated into an iconic post-race verbal exchange.

Also, this specific camera angle made them appreciate the reflexes and skills of the drivers even more,  which was clear from the comments.

Fans’ reactions to the camera angle

Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott, in agreement with their Next Gen assessment

Many drivers who are testing the Next Gen cars have had mixed reactions. Most agree that they are different and ‘on the edge’, with drivers having to do more as compared to the Gen 6.

But both Hamlin and Elliott’s feedback was a little grim regarding the objective of close racing.


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Hamlin had said a month ago, “There are going to be some races where someone just fucking kicks everyone’s ass.” 


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While Elliott had said, “I don’t think it matters how many aero ducts or parts or pieces we put on these things, it’s not ever going to give the guy in second an advantage over the guy up front.”

More recently, Elliott spun out at the Charlotte testing as he avoided a wreck at high speed.

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So, considering their comments and the current state of the new car, it’ll be interesting to see whether Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and other drivers are able to maintain the close-pack racing we saw in Daytona this year, as seen in the video.


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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for 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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