NASCAR at Martinsville: Denny Hamlin calls late-race tangle with Kevin Harvick 'stylish'

Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin (Getty Photographs)

Denny Hamlin cannot escape the drama at Martinsville Speedway. 

Final time the collection was at the “Paperclip” Denny Hamlin wrecked Chase Elliott from the lead with simply three laps remaining. Elliott slammed Hamlin into the Flip three wall on the cool-down lap, and the 2 exchanged phrases after exiting their automobiles.

This time round there was no retaliation from Elliott, however Hamlin managed to tangle with Kevin Harvick throughout Monday’s snow-delayed STP 500. 

Making an attempt to make his approach again to the entrance after profitable Stage 1, Hamlin tapped Harvick a number of occasions within the rear bumper at the half-mile monitor. Harvick wasn’t about to surrender his spot and brake-checked Hamlin, leading to entrance-finish injury for the No. eleven. 

“He (Harvick) simply acquired to me and I feel bumped me three or 4 occasions,” Hamlin informed Fox Sports activities after the race. “After which I used to be simply bumping him again and he brake-checked me. I in all probability shouldn’t have brake-checked him within the first place. They have been just a few mild bumps right here after which slammed on the brakes right here. So, stylish.”

“He was on the underside and I knocked him out of the best way,” Harvick stated of the run-in with Hamlin. “He hit me a pair occasions and I used to be simply making an attempt to ensure I had my automotive beneath management.”

Hamlin, who was capable of work his approach again into the highest 15 for a twelfth-place end whereas Harvick completed fifth, later elaborated on the contact with Harvick. 

“It’s brief monitor racing, I used to be making an attempt to offer him (Kevin Harvick) a number of faucets again after he knocked me out of the best way,” Hamlin stated. “No onerous emotions, I’m not mad or something. Undoubtedly tore up our race automotive fairly good. When he bumps us, we simply tried to maintain our automotive underneath management.

“No hope after that until we had a warning. I assumed we had anyplace from a 3rd to a sixth-place automotive – loads of enchancment from the place we have been during the last couple occasions we’ve been right here. General, higher, undoubtedly higher than we’ve been so I’m glad with that.”