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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tables turned for aggressive Denny Hamlin at Dover

The mind of Denny Hamlin must be a very interesting place, with a very short-term memory.

For most of 2009, he was on a mission to let everyone know how he had been wronged so many times by the aggressive driving of a disrespectful Brad Keselowski, often getting mad over incidents that could easily be dismissed as pure accidents. His anger with Keselowski started a year ago at Dover.

Now, it’s 2010, and an interesting story played out at the Monster Mile that reversed the tables. After an earlier incident in which he got into the back of another car, Hamlin got into Clint Bowyer on a late restart and triggered a big wreck that took out several of the top cars.

Needless to say, the other drivers weren’t happy.
Kasey Kahne, whose car was collected in the Bowyer incident, called Hamlin out in an interview, saying: “He’s fast enough that he doesn’t need to be running into people”.

Then, Bowyer did more than talk. After his team patched the car up, he went back on the track and purposely shoved Hamlin up to the wall, kind of a “right back at you” move that ruined Hamlin’s chance to battle for the win.

As I watched, I felt it was a fitting reaction, and to his credit Hamlin admitted after the race that Bowyer had a legitimate reason to be upset.

But then he let out the most hilarious quote I’ve heard in a long time. In an interview with the ESPN crew after the incident, he actually said: “I try not to take these races too seriously.”

Those words actually came out of the mouth of the guy who, for half of last year, was foaming at the mouth with anger because of perceived wrongdoings at the hands of Keselowski.

It’s an example of the twisted logic people can use when defending their own bad habits. It’s wrong for everybody else to do it, but no big deal with they’re doing it.

To listen to Hamlin last year, he was clearly upset and gave the impression that Keselowski had a target aimed at Hamlin’s car every time they took the track. Often, he exacted revenge on Keselowski at times when it wasn’t really necessary. He took the Nationwide races very, very seriously, and still does, despite what he might claim in an interview.

I’m hoping Hamlin learned a valuable lesson Saturday: If you’re going to dole out justice for aggressive driving, be prepared to take it, too.

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1 Comments:

Blogger matriarch said...

Attaboy. Somebody finally calls a spade a spade. Hamlin started an unjustified crusade against Brad last year. This year I hope people see the real villian is Hamlin. He has wrecked far more drivers than Brad has.

May 16, 2010 at 7:29 AM 

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