Denny Hamlin explains Daytona 500 conflict with Bubba Wallace
NASCAR couldn't make it one race into the season without having a little off-track drama.
At the end of Sunday's Daytona 500, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and Denny Hamlin made contact as the two came to the finish line. Hamlin claims the contact, initiated by Wallace, blew his right-front tire resulting in his car pinching Wallace's car against the outside wall after the finish.
Wallace and his team were upset with the contact after their runner-up finish.
"What's his problem?," Wallace yelled on the team's radio. "Y'all better hold me the f— back." Added his spotter: "Denny Hamlin, what an idiot."
The two shared a heated discussion behind the pits after the race and the drama carried over to Tuesday with Hamlin explaining his stance on Twitter.
Let me clue the idiots on Twitter what I was pissed off about. I had no issue with how the race ended. I was minding my own business on the bottom of the track and out of the blue I get ran into, my tire blown, and perfectly straight car destroyed. I’m good with all that.— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 20, 2018
Then, I go do media and everything is fine. Then the last question is what was my response to what Bubba said. I had no issue until not only did he place blame on me but then went on to make personal comments about myself. I left the media center and saw Bubba 30 secs later.— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 20, 2018
Anyone who wouldn’t take offense to the stupid things that was said has absolutely no backbone. I have one— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 20, 2018
In a SiriusXM interview Tuesday, Wallace said he exchanged texts with Hamlin about the contact and added, "I’m OK, he’s not."
The two drivers could settle their differences on the track for Sunday's Cup Series race at Atlanta.