No winners in Hamlin-NASCAR feud

ONCORD, NC - DECEMBER 11: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, stands in the garage area during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 11, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
ONCORD, NC - DECEMBER 11:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, stands in the garage area during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 11, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
ONCORD, NC – DECEMBER 11: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, stands in the garage area during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 11, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin said Thursday that he would not appeal the fine handed down by NASCAR for his post race comments at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3.

The week after the Phoenix race, in which Hamlin finished third, NASCAR fined the Joe Gibbs Racing driver $25,000 for ‘disparaging remarks about the on-track racing that had taken place’. Although not specifying the exact quote among the things Hamlin said after the race:

“I hate to be ‘Denny-downer,’ but I just didn’t pass that many cars today. That’s the realistic fact of it. We started 40 something, we finished third and you think that we just motored our way through the pack. And that’s just not the case of what happened. I’m ecstatic about our finish, don’t get me wrong, because we did not have a third-place car today. But, my pit crew just kept putting me in a position to race those guys, and then I capitalized when one or two guys in front of me made some mistakes here and there, I’d get one more spot, two more spots, next thing you know I’ve got a shot to possibly get a win at the end. That’s what you’ve got to do when you don’t have the best car. It was a teamwork third-place run today, that’s for sure.”

When he first learned of the fine, Hamlin was very upset. MORE>>>

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