No one ever makes speeches on any topic these days, Denny Hamlin held a hearing while the media was available to him Over the weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It’s no surprise that Joe Gibbs Racing driver has a lot to do again.
Among the topics covered by Hamlin were the ongoing conversation about driver safety, the condition of injured 23XI Racing driver Kurt Bosch, his disqualification after his Pocono win earlier this year, and NASCAR Last week’s decision to reverse the points penalty on William Byron for destroying a hamlin under caution at Texas Motor Speedway last month.
Let’s dig into what Hamlin had to say To Sportscasting.com and other media about these matters and more.
Denny Hamlin wouldn’t rule out Kurt Bosch returning to this matter season
It can be hard to believe when you think about it How little should Kurt Bush gain With the prospect of returning before the end of the season, Denny Hamlin hasn’t ruled out that possibility when speaking with reporters at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Hamlin, co-owner of the 23XI organization that Bosch joined ahead of the 2022 season, said the 2004 Cup Series champion had a doctor’s appointment last week and that the announcement of his plans for the remainder of 2022 would come sometime this week.
Bush has missed 12 races since suffering a concussion when his car slammed hard into a wall at Pocono Raceway during a qualifying round on July 23, but he returned to the track last weekend as a spectator on top of his team’s box. As for whether Hamlin would want Bosch back behind the wheel for the remaining four races this season if he were given medical clearance, the Year Two owner hasn’t taken a strong stance.
“It doesn’t really matter to us, I think,” said Hamlin, who co-owns 23XI with six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan, in response to a question from Sportscasting.com. “It’s kind of anything he feels comfortable with. … We’re indifferent about it, to be honest with you.”
Denny Hamlin is a little more optimistic about the direction NASCAR is going safely
With concerns about driver safety I’ve had a fever in the past few weeks Thanks in large part to the drivers – Kurt Bosch And the Alex Bowman – All of them were sidelined due to a concussion from a hard collision with the first year car of the Next Generation Cup Series, Looks like NASCAR is finally taking steps To respond to the call for improvements to next-generation security features.
The Punishment conducted a crash test In an undisclosed location in Ohio last week, NASCAR officials revealed their results at a mandatory meeting with all Cup Series drivers on Saturday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While many drivers indicated that the mood at the meeting was somewhat tense, NASCAR has plans in place to replace the shaped bumper on the car ahead of the Daytona 500 next season.
Hamlin called the drivers meeting with NASCAR “informative” and was surprisingly diplomatic in his assessment of the meeting after One of the most vocal critics of the next generation car – and NASCAR’s comprehensive approach to driver safety – in the past few weeks.
“A lot of other people are starting to speak out now, and that’s a good thing,” Hamlin said. “Not all audio clips have to come from me.”
Hamlin said he walked away from the meeting feeling he had been heard and that NASCAR was now working with a sense of urgency to make cars safer.
“At this point, I feel like I’ve said everything I can about safety,” he added. “I won’t change anything [I’ve said]But now we are waiting for the results. We heard what they said they were going to do, and now we sit and wait and see those results come true in the next three to six months.”
Hamlin admitted it NASCAR would undoubtedly prefer not to be subjected to such intense scrutiny On driver safety at a time when the focus is usually on qualifying and the battle for the championship.
Hamlin said of NASCAR: “They had some good momentum early in the year, but now everything is giving in to them a little bit – on every side – but eventually things will catch up. [with you]. “
Denny Hamlin isn’t too happy about William Byron’s sentence being overturned
When NASCAR fined William Byron $50,000 and docked Hendrick Motorsports driver 25 points – dropping him without the 8-piece round – for Religious destruction Hamlin under caution In Texas, Hamlin felt the penalty was in order.
NASCAR changed course after Hendrick Motorsports’ plea, however, increased the fine to $100,000 but eliminated the points penalty altogether.
Naturally, Hamlin found the revised ruling from the three-member National Motorsports Appeals Committee a bit curious since the fine was lifted, but getting rid of the points penalty on Byron seems to send a mixed message.
“It was his good fortune – it’s unfortunate for me,” Hamlin said in Charlotte.
Does Hamlin think NASCAR made the right decision in this case?
“NASCAR has made its decision, and it is only three men [on the appeals panel] Who said it was different. It was interesting that they raised the fine but [gave] points [back]. Very interesting, for sure.”
Denny Hamlin admits his team was clearly wrong at Pocono
After NASCAR disqualified race winner Denny Hamlin and runner-up Kyle Busch for failing the post-race check at Pocono in July, Hamlin initially expressed frustration with the decision — one made by NASCAR over two illegal pieces of clear tape on the front of both Joe’s. Gibbs Racing Toyotas.
More than two months into the situation, Hamlin admits his team did something blatantly against the rules. The tape—which would likely give JGR cars a slight aerodynamic advantage—was placed strategically under the casing at the front of the cars, out of sight. Cover usually includes sponsor logos and paint scheme.
“When we were caught in Pocono, we were transparent because it was very clear like, ‘What are we doing here?'” Hamlin said over the weekend in Charlotte. “When the cover pulls out and the crew chief says, ‘What the hell is this?’ There’s a problem.”
Denny Hamlin doesn’t think being a team owner gives him insight into NASCAR’s safety efforts
Two weeks ago in Talladega, Brad Keselowski – driver and co-owner of Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing – said he thought the Being a team owner gives him insight In a NASCAR safety effort he would not have otherwise.
“I’m sure it affects my view, just as well, in the sense that I’m going to sit in meetings where I’ve never sat before, where I have a better context for things that are happening,” Kieselovsky said. “There’s definitely more transparency, in this place.”
When asked by Sportscasting.com at Charlotte Motor Speedway if he feels like a team owner that also gives him access to inside information, of sorts, Denny Hamlin acknowledged that he knows some information faster than he would if he were just a driver.
I see emails from John Probst [NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing innovation] It sends an update of something for safety — or just a competition update,” Hamlin said. “I see it right away, because it goes straight to us. You soon know about it. Certainly as just a driver, I wasn’t privy to all that little and little information. I don’t ask for it, but I see.”
Does Hamlin find this information reassuring or a bit reassuring, perhaps?
he said no”. “I’m not saying it’s not reassuring; I’m just saying there’s nothing to jump off the page to say, ‘Oh my God, this is a game-changer. We hope to change some rules of the game in the future.'”