Denny Hamlin’s “joke” that 70 % of NASCAR drivers take Adderall or an identical sort of drugs to keep targeted has not sat nicely with NASCAR officers and a lot of drivers, together with Kevin Harvick.
Hamlin renounced the feedback made on a Barstool Sports activities podcast, however his phrases caught up to him after Sunday’s Daytona 500. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. informed Fox Sports activities that Hamlin “may need to take some Adderall” after their run-in on the finish of the race.
NASCAR’s chief racing improvement officer Steve O’Donnell referred to as Hamlin’s feedback “ridiculous.”
“These 70 % of drivers he referred to are mad due to the truth that you’re the man sitting within the trailer doing the drug testing 10 or 12 occasions a yr from a random standpoint and understanding the issues you’ll be able to and may’t do,” Harvick informed SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “Whether or not he thinks it was a casual remark and one thing he meant to say or not to say, it nonetheless offended most everyone within the storage.
“Should you’re going to mess around, joking and assume it’s not one thing that everyone goes to take offense to… I feel he’s in all probability seeing that no one actually appreciated it and it put everyone in a nasty spot.”
Wallace and Hamlin have been feuding since Sunday, however Harvick says it might have all been prevented if Hamlin stored his “mouth shut.”
“Clearly Denny has got himself into a number of spots up to now little bit,” Harvick stated. “We don’t even want to go a lot additional than that. You possibly can look again at Martinsville (wrecking Chase Elliott) and take a look at the couple of situations he had throughout Speedweeks.
“Typically it’s higher not to go on rants on Twitter and defend your self, and typically you simply want to give up speaking and that is undoubtedly, in all probability a type of situations. I might name it an edgy interview supply the place all this got here from. Typically you’ve got to keep your mouth shut.”