NASCAR President Promises Action After Ugly Denny Hamlin Episode at Martinsville

Published 11/03/2021, 4:38 AM EDT
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)


At the Martinsville Speedway, Denny Hamlin did not earn himself many fans. This was after he tangled with Alex Bowman and later confronted him on the track. Later on, Hamlin got a bit snippy at the #48 Hendrick Motorsports driver. Things threatened to escalate, and now it seems that NASCAR may soon be forced to step in.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

NASCAR president Scott Miller said, “We will talk about it. It is first thing, Monday morning and we all got home at probably 11PM last night after inspection was over. We haven’t had those conversations yet. Still TBD on a few things that went on after the races. Emotion is good, but there is a line and it is not an easy line to establish, but we will have this conversation.”

Hopefully, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver keeps his nose clean in the final race of the season. The last thing he needs is for any kind of drama, as he bids for a maiden Cup Series title. Unfortunately, Hamlin and the Martinsville Speedway have some bad blood between them. This dates as far back as the 2017 season when he was battling Chase Elliott for Playoff spots and punted him out of the race.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

What happened between Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Late in the race, Hamlin was leading with Bowman right on his tail. With 23 laps to go, the #48 driver nudged Hamlin out of the way and took the lead. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver retaliated immediately and snatched the lead back. They continued dueling for a bit, until Bowman bumped Denny Hamlin into a spin.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 04: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #54 SportClips Haircuts Toyota, walks the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 04, 2021 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

For the moment, Denny Hamlin will be thanking his lucky stars that he is in the Championship 4 battle. Despite his Martinsville antics, the 40-year-old somehow sneaked into the finale. Now, he has to banish all those thoughts and focus on the fight with Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and arch-rival Chase Elliott.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In all his years in the sport, Hamlin has never won the Cup Series, even though he came close on many occasions. He will be hoping that next weekend’s race will be kind to him and he will earn his maiden crown.

DIVE DEEPER

Alex Bowman’s Crew Chief Gets Brutally Honest on Denny Hamlin’s Post-Race Comments at Martinsville

26 days ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Dhruv George

12294 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT