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Denny Hamlin fined for criticizing car; doesn't plan to pay

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09:15 AM ET 03.08 | NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin was unhappy with the lack of action in the previous Sprint Cup races, and he openly criticized the new Generation-6 car. Hamlin wasn't trying to go against NASCAR, but he was giving his honest opinion of the car's performance. NASCAR was apparently unhappy with Hamlin's comments and decided to fine him $25,000 yesterday for "comments that denigrate the racing product." Hamlin, who was honest about his opinion of the new cars, once again gave an honest response to the fine. He simply said that he had no intentions to pay.

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March 8, 2013  09:13 PM ET

This could get a little messy. There seems to be a backlash against Nascar, they don't like people talking back to them, it should be interesting. Nascar has the right to take the total of the fine from the drivers earnings which is the route they will probably take. Hamlin is a twerp but I think he is right in this case.

March 8, 2013  09:32 PM ET

I will never be a Denny fan......but he is right in this case........he only said what all the other drivers and fans are thinking.....he said it nicely .....and said hopeful things about the future of this car........I also think he is right in not wanting to pay this fine.....and he should not have to apologize either.......If drivers cannot express an opinion, without getting fined, then that is really disturbing.

Denny is appealing this fine.....don't know how he will make out with that, but good for him for fighting this rubbish.

Nascar should focus on fixing this season's racing so far.......not able to do much passing....it looks more like a Sunday drive on the track......so far, the racing has been one big bore......we all get that a new car type needs some tweeking and getting used to.......which is what Denny was saying.....but we all need to see Nascar caring about the impact on fans and drivers.

Food for thought: would Jimmie have gotten fined if he had said the same thing?

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March 9, 2013  04:28 PM ET

Better 'late' than never

March 9, 2013  04:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Food for thought: would Jimmie have gotten fined if he had said the same thing?

Jimmie is smart enough to keep his mouth shut.. LOL

March 10, 2013  12:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Jimmie is smart enough to keep his mouth shut.. LOL

Speak no evil.

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March 10, 2013  08:46 PM ET

anyone know if kryle got fined 25k for his comments after winning the first COT race? he said something like "this car sucks!", dennys comments weren't that bad at all

March 11, 2013  08:45 AM ET

So much for your rights.....Freedom of Speech.

March 11, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This could get a little messy. There seems to be a backlash against Nascar, they don't like people talking back to them, it should be interesting. Nascar has the right to take the total of the fine from the drivers earnings which is the route they will probably take. Hamlin is a twerp but I think he is right in this case.

I agree with you 100% Little E ......but you know the saying : Don't bite the hand that feeds you

March 11, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Its Bristol Week!!!!!!!!!!Right in my backyard........Yea Baby!!!!!!.......Long-range forcast calls for rain all next weekend and Monday, but then again what do weatherman know a, only job you can have and be wrong all the time and not get fired!

March 11, 2013  09:49 AM ET

The quality of racing still has room for improvement. The tweaking and pushing the envelope with the new cars should start to show pretty quick.

March 11, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Who was that driving Daytona Pole quality equipment down in 33rd yesterday?

March 11, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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So much for your rights.....Freedom of Speech.

The First Amendment, only protects you from the Government from restricting your speech. Individuals, groups, and corporations are not covered by this restriction, unless you go through the lengthy and expensive lawsuit route.

March 11, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Food for thought: would Jimmie have gotten fined if he had said the same thing?

Nope. In fact it would be a story NASCAR would actively cover-up/deny.

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March 11, 2013  03:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I will never be a Denny fan......but he is right in this case........he only said what all the other drivers and fans are thinking.....he said it nicely .....and said hopeful things about the future of this car........I also think he is right in not wanting to pay this fine.....and he should not have to apologize either.......If drivers cannot express an opinion, without getting fined, then that is really disturbing.Denny is appealing this fine.....don't know how he will make out with that, but good for him for fighting this rubbish.Nascar should focus on fixing this season's racing so far.......not able to do much passing....it looks more like a Sunday drive on the track......so far, the racing has been one big bore......we all get that a new car type needs some tweeking and getting used to.......which is what Denny was saying.....but we all need to see Nascar caring about the impact on fans and drivers.Food for thought: would Jimmie have gotten fined if he had said the same thing?

Jimmy knows to keep quiet..

Hmm...33rd...think that was that chick driver...Danica something.. ;).

Go 88!!! 7th. 3 races, 3 top 10s. NICE.

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