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Denny Hamlin Decides to Appeal Penalty

After publicly deciding to not appeal NASCAR’s 25-point, $50,000 penalty on intentionally wrecking rival Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin has now changed his mind and will now appeal the penalty. Hamlin announced it on Friday (March 17).

Denny wrote: “After much consideration, I’ve decided that I will appeal the decision by NASCAR to penalize me. What happened Sunday was common hard racing that happens each and every weekend. There was also no manipulation of the race nor actions detrimental to the sport.”

On his podcast Actions Detrimental, Hamlin had previously said: “It wasn’t a mistake. I let the wheel go and said, ‘You’re coming with me.’” Additionally, Hamlin had stated on his Twitter:

The penalty stems from the overtime restart last week at Phoenix Raceway where Hamlin put Chastain into the wall. The two drivers finished 23rd and 24th, respectively, after running in the top 10.

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NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Competition Elton Sawyer had also given a statement regarding Hamlin’s penalty: “We’re delighted that Denny has a podcast. We think that’s great! He interacts with the fans, but when you start admitting that you have intentionally done something that would compromise the results of the end of the race, then that rises to the level that we’re going to get involved.”

“We’ve been consistent in the past with that and we will be consistent going forward.” Sawyer added.

The appeal will be heard by an independent appeal panel.

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Bill B

Good luck with that Pennis.


Dinny will never get into a mensa meeting.


So true, wow, unbelievable if it weren’t Denny.


I’d love to see the partnership agreement between Denny and MJ. I’d bet anything I know who got the better end of that deal.

Michael Latino
  1. What a jerk. He knows admitting he did it was going to get a penalty but he did it anyways. Now he wants to appeal. Sorry never have liked him. So if he were to win an appeal that would tell everyone it was OK to wreck anyone and everyone.
Bobby DK

Do it D-bag! Do it! You will gain so many more fans!

JD in NC

Maybe he’s going to plead insanity.

Bill B

Good one! LOL


It can’t be “temporary”.



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