NASCAR Cup Series Denny Hamlin’s Post-Race Confrontation with Darrell Wallace Jr.

Denny Hamlin’s Post-Race Confrontation with Darrell Wallace Jr.

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Even after starting second and finishing third in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Denny Hamlin was not happy after the race when he and Darrell Wallace Jr. had a post-race confrontation.

Tempers flared early this year, starting between Denny Hamlin and Darrell Wallace Jr. As Austin Dillon took the checkered flag, there was a close battle for second. As the two battled side by side, contact was made entering the tri-oval. After crossing the start/finish line, both suffered minor crash damage after colliding with the wall exiting the tri-oval. Hamlin didn’t take kindly to Bubba’s actions on track nor his comments after the race.

While Bubba was quite emotional by placing the famed 43 car in the runner-up position, he did have a few words regarding the incident with Denny Hamlin.

“I want to see the replay before I say anything stupid, but he might need to take some Adderall for that one,” he told FOX.

His comment referred to Hamlin’s recent interview with Pardon My Take when pressured into answering if drivers take prescription medication (he claimed 70 percent of the field took Adderall, but more as a ‘blow off’ of the question to continue the interview). Shortly after exiting the media center, the two crossed paths and their interaction was caught on tape.

Hamlin posted his response in three consecutive tweets.

All-in-all, this hasn’t been Hamlin’s only rough-up with another driver. Last year, he had a questionable situation with Ryan Blaney at Martinsville. He also made some controversial moves on track with Chase Elliott, which some believe may have prevented the Dawsonville native from reaching the final elimination round of the playoffs in 2017. Plus, there’s also the classic pit road scene with Danica Patrick three years ago.

Bubba Wallace seems to have put it behind him and is already focused on Atlanta: “We’re both pissed off at each other, but we’re racers. We’re competitive and we’ll go into Atlanta and be fine.”

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Justin Schuoler
Justin is an avid racer with experience from motocross and karting. His experience gives him driver's seat expertise that helps place fans in the passenger seat. While he does have a passion for driving fast, he also appreciates slowing down by helping in the booth and after races with writing articles for race recaps. Currently when he's not racing on the track, he works as a race announcer, race director, official and grid manager with Tri-C Karters and other local kart clubs throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. His long-term goal is to become a race announcer for NASCAR across all three major touring series. He and his lovely wife live in Santa Clarita, California.

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