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Stock Car Scoop: Was Denny Hamlin’s Move Fair or Foul Toward Kyle Larson?

Sunday’s (July 23) NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway featured a helmet toss, hurt feelings and Denny Hamlin winning the 50th race of his career.

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Denny Hamlin Earns 7th Pocono Raceway Win

Fill-in host Bryan Nolen is joined by Tom Bowles to break down Hamlin’s controversial win, whether his move was fair or foul on Kyle Larson and more.

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Bryan Nolen is the Podcast Manager for Frontstretch.com. He also hosts the Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen and occasionally makes appearances on The Happy Hour Podcast. He has a Sportscasting degree from the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. He resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two rabbits.

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Michael Latino

Hamlin’s move was the exact same move as when he recked Chastain. It’s the move he uses when he runs out of talent.

Lindy

I love this answer.

Bosco1

Denny Hamlin is a whiney, tired, pu$$y!! If anyone who races him like that would get the full blown, Denny Hamlin, “cry like a little bit##”, routine. I’ve tired of the Hamlin act. He can go away now.

Keith moon

Hamlin is two faced he throws a fit when Ross accidentally gets into him but it’s ok for Denny to wreck Larson intentionally. Denny does whatever he has too to try and get that elusive championship. Well Denny karma’s a bitch and that’s why your no champion.

Bob

It was an absolute chicken shit move that he has continued using time afterlife! The proof is in all the videos, he’s an obnoxious asshole and is costing other drivers wins! Not to mention causing serious accidents!

Curtis Howard

Hamlin should be suspended. That is twice this year he has put Larson I the wall.

Terry Garvin

Hamlin is not that talented that he can race Larson fair.

Craig P.

Hamlin is a punk, no class driver. He can’t hold Larson’s water! He’s only fit for racing Big Wheels!🤣

Phil

Weenie Hamlin once again proves that he has no talent other than driving into someone.

Ronald Thornton

Get used to this move because the only payback is to hook em in the right rear and nascar has taken that away. Maybe next time Larson will be on the bottom

Fielding M

Never have liked Hamlin, he and his Toyota crew all bunch of cry babies

Ronald Thornton

Get used to that move. The only payback is hook em in the right rear and nascar now suspends for that thanks to whiney denny.

Joe

If Larson would have done that to the deny very baby he would be demanding for him to be penalized and set out a race. deny had raced unfair his whole career

Nancy L

Definitely foul.

Alc

I guess Joe Gibbs was praying for forgiveness for Dennys move!

Jkad

Joe is a hypocrite. His asshole wrecks to win then gathers the team to pray.

Chris

Hamlin should watch the replay with Larson . But then again just like Larson said Hamlin is always right even his buddies off the track say the same thing plain ans simple he’s just an asshole , liar, cheater and dirty driver

Darrell

Hamlin ain’t nothing but a piece of shit and gets everybody else suspended for turning his stupid ass.

Tony

I think the fans that are doing all the crying are just jealous Denny is the man one of the best in the field 7 win alone at that track and 50 in all all the Hendrick Chevy fans are PUSSYS!

Ronald Thornton

Give credit when it’s due. Denny may have earned 49 but that was a bs move and it was intentional. The pussy is the man who can’t admit he ran someone up the track. Do it. Own it. Quit being a loudmouth prick. No worries. He’ll choke like he always does in the playoffs

Kevin L

Does Mommy know you’re using her computer?

Tony

Denny is the man, if the roles were reversed the 5 would’ve let off either you are racing for the win the 5 just didn’t play it smart.

Davi

Let off??? Denny sideswiped Larson into the wall. He was on the brakes to avoid hitting the wall harder. The sheepish grin of Denny said it all, I didn’t even touch him. But the boos from the fans said otherwise. Karma is a bi*ch and you’ll hear Denny making excuses and crying about something. Hendrick has 2 cars with nothing to loose. Remember Logano??? Bet the fans will be cheering.

Kevin L

One thing about that swipe was that it was far from subtle.
Overdriving into a turn and bumping opponents up the track is Denny’s specialty. He seems to think if he pops a car as subtle as possible he’s at least got a 50-50 chance of not being caught.

Didn’t work this time. It’s obvious he smacked the #5 in the side.
In the end, he couldn’t bring himself (as usual) to Man-up.
Instead he lied (“I never touched any of them…”) even though he must know we saw what we saw — in countless replays.

Kevin L

One thing about that swipe — it was far from subtle.
It was 100% desperation.
Overdriving into a turn and bumping opponents up the track is Denny’s specialty. He seems to think if he pops a car as subtle as possible he’s at least got a 50-50 chance of not being caught.

Didn’t work this time. It’s obvious he smacked the #5 in the side.
In the end, he couldn’t bring himself (as usual) to Man-up.
Instead he lied (“I never touched any of them…”) even though he must know we saw what we saw — in countless replays.

Eric J.

I suggest everybody google and watch video of Kyle Busch and Larson at the end of Chicago Race on last lap. If Dale E was in the 11 car at Pocono you would hear nothing but cheers. How is that fair.

MrBill43

Would the complaint department please close down! It’s NASCAR not Barbie, cars have bumpers used for… that’s right Bumping. Back in the day this wouldn’t even be talked about but today in our bubble wrap society anything and everything needs to be clear and clean.

Larry Harvey

Let the drivers settle it amongst themselves

Ronald Thornton

Larson won’t retaliate

Rob Hildebrandt

Denny Hamlin is a hack! You can put him right along side Kyle Busch both hacks! If you can’t race clean then maybe you should have your ride taken away. Some of these short track racers are starting to learn that if you are a hack nobody wants anything to do with you. Including sponsors!

Ronald Thornton

How did kyle busch get dragged into denny’s mess? Kyle hasn’t intentionally wrecked anyone in years. You must be a Jr. fan. We are talking about whiney denny hamlin today. Kyle will get his turn

Renae burgess

The way I see it, as a spectator I want to see good racing from the finest drivers out there. Anybody can run the other driver into the wall, seems this is Hamlin’s method. I don’t think he has the confidence to just race with his talent alone. So you have to ask this question, how good Hamlin really is because he never just puts his talent to the test. It’s unfortunate and takes away from watching the sport. Hence the BOOS

Ronald Thornton

New topic. I wish nascar would bring in a competitor to Goodyear so maybe the quality of tires would improve. I am old enough to remember when they let hoosier in til they proved to be a better tire and they just disappeared.

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