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Fans Overwhelmingly Support Hamlin in His Stance Against NASCAR

By admin | March 9, 2013

 Fans have flocked to the side of Denny Hamlin in his disagreement with NASCAR

By Richard Allen

As has been well documented by just about every media source that covers NASCAR, Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 by the sanctioning body following the Sprint Cup race in Phoenix last week. According to the powers that be in Daytona Beach, the driver’s remarks during his post-race interview were detrimental to the sport and deserving of punishment.

As is detailed here, Hamlin’s comments seemed quite benign but NASCAR obviously took exception to the perceived criticism of its new Gen-6 race car.

Almost immediately after the penalty became public knowledge, fans took to their favorite forms of social media to voice their opinions on the matter. And overwhelmingly, they came down on the side of the driver over the sport’s overseers.

To confirm the fan sentiment in the matter, I conducted my own highly unscientific poll on Twitter this past Friday. And just as expected, Hamlin emerged as the favorite.

In my poll, fans were asked to ‘Retweet’ the response they most agreed with. The statements were worded as follows:

1. Please RT if you think @dennyhamlin should just pay his fine and get back to work. #NASCAR

2. Please RT if you think @dennyhamlin should continue his refusal to pay his fine, even if it causes suspension. #NASCAR

The second option received 86 ‘votes’ while the first choice only garnered six ‘votes’. And at least one of those who indicated favor for the first option said she had done so only because getting suspended would ruin Hamlin’s chances of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Many who went further than to simply ‘Retweet’ expressed their belief that the fine was a serious overreaction by NASCAR. It seemed to many that NASCAR had made a proverbial ‘mountain out of a mole hill’. Several also pointed out that they were not fans of Hamlin but were taking his side nonetheless.

This perceived overreaction comes just days after NASCAR was accused by many of the very same type of public relations gaffe regarding the suspension of Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements after he used a racially insensitive word during what amounted to little more than a private conversation with a reporter from MTV and a NASCAR representative. In that case, they took an incident that was never planned to be reported by anyone and made a national spectacle of it. The little known driver was suddenly the topic of news reports on sports and non-sports broadcasts all over the country.

Hamlin still has the option to appeal his fine, which he likely will. If NASCAR is smart, they will use that opportunity to make this situation go away as quietly as possible, but…

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14 Responses to “Fans Overwhelmingly Support Hamlin in His Stance Against NASCAR”

  1. Lewis Cox Says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Denny is not the only driver that has made unfavorable remarks about the new car so why has Lord Nascar fining a driver now

  2. Gregory D. Howe Says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    When one lives in a condominium they’re subject to the bylaws of the board. When folks live in sub-divisions they need to abide by the rules of their community or face the consequences. When a contractor joins the private club that is NASCAR they must submit totally to the organization’s rules, whatever they may be or however arcane or bizarre they may seem. NASCAR was here before Hamlin, NASCAR survives despite Hamlin, NASCAR will abide long after Hamlin is gone. Shut Up And Drive.

  3. b Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 3:31 am

    To Greg, Dennis did not say anything wrong. I swear the best thing any driver can do is going forward say “No Comment” to everything that is asked. That way Nascar has no worries and nobody’s wallet get smaller. What a joke.

  4. Ken (from Canada) Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Gregory, this may be so, and your “Larry McReynolds line” has merit. However, NASCAR is a little different than your typical condo or sub-division. Your typical condo does not rely on a few million or so supporters to keep it going, as NASCAR does. In this case, Hamlin’s comments were not out of line and do truthfully reflect what those few million or so supporters have been saying publicly. I’m sure you have read other columns and read the comment sections. The fans, those few million supporters, are not happy with what the sport has become. And those same fans are becoming less and less by the day! Witness the empty seats on Sunday. Witness NASCAR’s desperation to recruit new fans. The publicity about Danica comes to mind.

    Denny said that the car is a work in process and will take time to get it right. What was wrong with that statement? I agree! I hated the Daytona 500, and not just because I can’t stand who won it. The racing was horrible. Phoenix wasn’t much better, with the only positive point about it was one of my favorite drivers won. Denny’s fine was out of line. There is a very serious problem with the sport, and I myself am still hanging on, but it is by a thread. This from someone who has been following NASCAR since 1961. Too, the new fans want instant gratification, or they very quickly lose interest. And all those fans who NASCAR recruited because of Danica winning the pole at “Daysnooza” have, in all likelihood, already left to find the next great interest. So, instead of kicking Denny to the curb, as you have, everyone, whether a fan of his or not, should be giving him 100% of your support. Besides, if you lived in a condo, and there was some serious problem, are you telling me that you wouldn’t speak up about it?

  5. Ken (from Canada) Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Oh, and Gregory, one final point about what I called your “Larry McReynolds line”. I get so sick of Mr. McReynolds sucking up to NASCAR with his “You need NASCAR more than NASCAR needs you”. True that NASCAR was around long before Denny came along. And it might survive after Denny moves on. However, the new mantra that needs to be driven home to NACAR and its shills Mr.’s McReynolds, Wallace, and Brothers Waltrip, is that “NASCAR needs the fans more than the fans need NASCAR”. Without the fans, there would be no NASCAR. And considering all those empty seats I mentioned, if Brian France doesn’t wake up, or is it sober up, soon, there won’t be any fans left, and NASCAR will die a very painful death. I read a comment on another board where someone posted that Denny shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds him. Well, NASCAR has been biting the hands that feed them, the hands that are attached to “we the fans”! And those hands are being withdrawn at an accelerating rate.

  6. Lydia Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Well there you go Gregory! Even in dispute with a condo board there is a right to appeal! This entire situation is just so bizarre…NASCAR needs to fine themselves for stupidity! As far as the racial slur goes I can see where the comment stepped over the line. As far as punishment goes…I can’t say NASCAR did the right thing because the comment has not been released and it’s hard to judge..although I think I get the jest of what MAY have been said..and it’s intolerable. But as far as Denny “slamming” NASCAR…I doubt there’s more then 10 fans who even raised an eyebrow..until NASCAR cried foul! NASCAR has made their own bed..and whether they believe it or not.. This is not going to just go away…especially if they stick with the fine and continue censoring the drivers. I truly would like one of the “talking heads” of NASCAR to have a press conference and dissect what Hamlin said…break it down so us dummies out here in fanland can understand what was so offensive…because I only speak English and to me there was nothing determent to the sport uttered in Hamlin’s comments!

  7. Pat Campbell Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    First off, get rid of his royal nothing Brian France, Darby and Pemberton. They couldn’t get out of a wet paper bag. They don’t drive a car, so the drivers are the ones to give feedback on it. Or put them out on a track to test for themselves. WOW! Could you picture that? Daytona was horrible. I kept switching channels to see other things.

    Denny only responded to a question about his day and his car. Nobody elses car. The fine is assine. The car is not was NASCAE said it was. It is a work in progress.

  8. Jim Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I am not a Hamlin fan, but this is nuts. I found an email address that I sent a 4 letter laced, angry, rude email to. That address is fanfeedback@nascar.com. I have not received any response yet. Might I suggest that everyone tell at least 10 people to send them what ever they feel, as in so many emails that they can’t help be retreat.

  9. Kent Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    This issue is beginning to remind me of our local dirt track. The promoter said “My way or No way”.
    He ended up going out of business due to a lack of race cars and race fans. Nascar is quick to point out how sponsors react to how drivers conducts themselves, but they also look at the sponsoring body and their reputation. Now while I am not ignorant enough to think the drivers and sponsors will do anything close to boycotting a race, Nascar needs to keep the fan’s reaction in mind when they try to limit someone’s expression of their opinion.

  10. John Cooke Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Na$car started arriving at this point when they began declaring themselves an “entertainment company” instead of a sanctioning body. Most of the decisions today are made by some of the New York crowd Brian France brought in to make more money for the family. Two races into the season, and the TV schrills are already talking about who might be in the Chase. Drivers are so scared they won’t make the Chase, they won’t dare take a chance to win the race. I still say this is the root cause for all this ” in line” racing!

  11. Robert Eastman Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    NASI-CAR CUP 2013
    Drivers’ Rules Of Conduct
    __________________
    1. SHUT-UP
    2. Get In Line
    3. Follow The Leader
    4. SMILE and WAVE (at the TV camera and empty seats!) :-) __________________________________________ (-: (It seems like “Tyrannical Billionaire Brian” has a MAJOR inferiority complex… or possibly he’s auditioning for the job to “take charge” of the TSA!)

  12. Joe Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I am sick and tired of these well connected or coddled primadonas crying about one thing or another as they get paid millions to drive a freaking race car. If they gave everyone in the world an equal chance to drive (Danica?) more than 1/2 of these drivers would be driving Farmalls.

    Shut up and drive or quit. Such a whiner.

  13. Lydia Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Joe…I understand they make millions…but that has nothing to do with what is going on…absolutely nothing.

  14. Offkilter Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Denny went hard core and refused to pay… Racing fans, even the ones like me who loathe him, applauded. Now he drops the appeal, but he’s says he still feels he’s right. What a rip-off. What happen to the big bad ” damn the torpedos” hamlin? I feel like a putz for applauding now. 11 car driver and crew choking under pressure will be even sweeter to behold now.