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Hamlin: “If unintentional, the worst car control I’ve seen” (VIDEO)

Apr 3, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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Denny Hamlin joined The Dan Patrick Show, which airs on NBC Sports Network, on Wednesday to discuss his broken vertebrae that has sidelined him for six weeks as a result of contact with Joey Logano at Auto Club Speedway.

Hamlin, who’s already been fined $25,000 this year for comments about NASCAR’s new Generation 6 car, pulled no punches in what was a wide-ranging interview.

The driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing said of Logano, “He was stuck on the fence of whether it was intentional. If it wasn’t intentional, it’s the worst car control I’ve seen as a driver.”

  1. gbar22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I suppose he hasn’t bothered to watch The video replay where Hamlin once Joey hit him turns a hard left right into joeys rear and resulted in him heading straight for a wall. Yeah why do facts matter. Keep milking it denny it’s what you do best.

  2. burm61 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I have never seen a driver that in 2005-2006 was so humbled to be where he’s at turn into a bigger annoyance and complainer in such a way that Hamlin has become.

  3. rayburns - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Okay, Logano apologists, let’s get real.

    All the way through the final laps, it was absurdly good racing with two aggressive drivers trading paint and banging fenders as they tried to win the race. As we move into turns 3 and 4 of the final lap, Hamlin has a run on Logano and has the upper groove which means the momentum. Logano, in the lower groove, has a choice of either staying on the gas and hoping that his car doesn’t ride up the track and collect them both, or letting up and conceding the victory.

    Logano chose to try and stick his car in the lower groove on worn tires, maintain his speed, and just couldn’t do it. His car rode up into Hamlin’s just as Hamlin’s car was moving forward with momentum and speed (and a faster groove) on its side. Whether or not this was deliberate, only Logano would know. It’s a telling fact that Logano’s car kept going up the track and into the outside wall while Hamlin’s car (with speed and momentum) spun into the infield.

  4. icemanpjn - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Few NASCAR fans are qualified to comment on wrecks like this because they aren’t drivers; not just that they have never driven in real life but haven’t even done it in a simulation. Thusly they have absolutely no idea what it’s like sitting in the car, what it feels like, and what you have to compensate for. They just see fast cars and if there is a change in direction they presume it’s intentional.

    In all forms of motorsport, drivers are driving their cars right at the edge of control, just shy of wrecking. Any slight bump or twitch is a big deal on a car going 150 to 200 MPH (obviously speeds vary depending on the circuit.) It’s worse when two cars are right against each other, bumping into one another. Even a slight tap upsets the stability of a car, and the driver has to fight to compensate for that instability. Poor timing with a slight imperfection in the track surface or another tap from a car can exacerbate stability problems. A car can go completely out of control in a heartbeat, and when this happens it means the car turning unintentionally to one side.

    In the moments leading up to the wreck, both cars were showing instability. I don’t really see any more fault from one driver than from the other. Drivers will see it differently, of course, as though they were obviously innocent and it was all the other guy, and fans will gravitate toward whichever driver they favor over the other. The reality looks to be that crap just happens and both carry equal fault.

  5. bnaelitz - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    come on denny, you really dont know what was going on there? you shoulda let joey slide up in front of you and taken him out again….. that woulda been the only way you were gonna win the race…. but you thought joey forgot about the previous week (where you spin him out)? joey runs you up the track (which any driver in that situation would have done) and you come back down on his right rear sending him up into the wall…. unfortunately for you, it didnt end as well….. hopefully you can recover quickly and get back out there….. but in the end it was 2 drivers who had a run in the week before racing hard for the win…. thats all

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