Hamlin: “I won't pay fine” is one quote that is making headlines this weekend, as Fox Sports News reported this Friday, March 8, that American racer Denny Hamlin recently said he refuses to pay a $25,000 fine NASCAR charged him with following comments the driver made over the new Generation 6 car in early March at the Phoenix International Raceway. The hit car first premiered this season in the Sprint Cup Series.
Under the headline, “Hamlin: I won’t pay NASCAR fine”, sources report that Denny Hamlin is in hot water following a “negative” comment made over the new Generation 6 car. Hamlin took to Twitter this Thursday to tell his followers and race car fans that he doesn’t intend to pay the fine, as his comments weren't out of line in the first place. The race car driver added that it’s not the money that matters, but more likely the principal of the thing.
“Trust me, this is not about the money. It’s much deeper.”
Denny Hamlin has been reprimand two times already by NASCAR in recent years for certain comments discussing new cars and the competition, and was hit for the third time by the $25,000 fine this Thursday. As for the Hamlin: “I won’t pay fine” headline, the NASCAR driver has been fairly vocal himself on the issue.
"I’ll be honest. I’m not going to say anything for the rest of the year, as long as it relates to competition," Hamlin said Thursday. "You can ask me how my daughter is, talk to me after wins about what-have-you, but as long as it relates to competition, I’m out, from here on out. The bad part is that I feel like I’ve been a pretty good spokesman for them, and being positive when things aren’t always positive. They just lost one small spokesman today — that’s all.”
"For what I understand, it’s comparing the Gen-6 car to the Gen-5, comparing the two. I shouldn’t have done that."
"Ultimately, I’m not OK with it. This is the most upset and angry I’ve been in a really, really long time, about anything, anything that relates to NASCAR. You have strong opinions about a lot of things, whether it be Clements’ suspension, things like that. A lot of people hold their tongues, and some people don’t — like Brad."
"The truth is what the truth is, and I don’t believe in this. I’m never going to believe in it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to pay the fine. If they suspend me, they suspend me. I don’t care at this point."
"It’s an opinion, and it’s not even a bad one. I’ve got to be careful, because I don’t want to make things worse than they already are, and this is something that was absolutely nothing that got blown into to something, and it’s just going to be worse for them. So let them deal with it."