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.
“This is more like what the Generation 5 was at the beginning,” he said. “The teams hadn’t figured out how to get the aero balance right. Right now, you just run single-file and you cannot get around the guy in front of you. You would have placed me in 20th place with 30 (laps) to go, I would have stayed there – I wouldn’t have moved up. It’s just one of those things where track position is everything.”
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.
“Ultimately, I’m not OK with it,” Hamlin said. “This is the most upset and angry I’ve been in a really, really long time about anything … anything that relates to NASCAR.
“The truth is what the truth is. I don’t believe in this. I’m never going to believe in it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to pay the fine. If they suspend me, they suspend me. I don’t care at this point.”
Hamlin stands by his criticism of the Generation 6 car and plans to appeal his fine.