Denny Hamlin will appeal

Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Thursday. (Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Fined $25,000 for comments NASCAR considered derogatory to the sport, Denny Hamlin said Thursday night in a post on his Twitter account that he would appeal the sanctioning body’s decision.

Joe Gibbs Racing issued a statement Friday indicating its support for Hamlin during the appeals process.

“We have spoken with NASCAR and will continue to keep an open dialogue with them on this matter, but we will keep those discussions between the parties involved,” the JGR statement said. “We will fully support Denny in his appeal process.”

Hamlin indicated Thursday that he had been fined for drawing comparisons between the new Gen-6 race car and its predecessor.

Despite protestations to the contrary, fellow driver Jeff Gordon expects Hamlin to capitulate and pay the fine sooner or later.

“We are in Vegas, so we can try to count the odds of when the apology’s going to be coming (or) the ‘We’re all in this together to grow this sport’ tweet is going to be coming,” Gordon said. “Your guess is as good as mine. Listen, I think it’s been an interesting story for somebody to challenge (NASCAR’s) authority, and that’s fine.

“But at the end of the day, I know whose sandbox I’m playing in, and I like the sandbox, and I like to play in it, and I want to have the best opportunity to have the most fun in that sandbox. And so sometimes, while you don’t like it, you have to bite your tongue and just go out there and race.”

About Greg Engle 7420 Articles
Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.