RELATED: High drama between drivers
Denny Hamlin’s whirlwind Round of 8 came to an abrupt end at Phoenix, courtesy of a nudge into the wall from Chase Elliott that forced Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota into the garage early. It was the culmination of a conflict between the two drivers that began at Martinsville, when Hamlin knocked Elliott up the track and into the wall while positioning for the lead in the closing laps.
“It just proves to the people that thought I was a bad guy that he would do the exact same thing in the same circumstances,” Hamlin said in his post-race interview. “It’s just part of racing. I got into him and he chose to retaliate.”
The veteran driver did some more thinking on the long flight back to North Carolina, and tweeted some further thoughts he dubbed “random thoughts.”
Acknowledging he was “mad and dejected” on the flight home, daughter Taylor helped Hamlin cope with her carefree spirit.
“There’s something to be learned in all this,” Hamlin wrote, “and I’m not sure I know what it is.”
Here’s his full message:
Random thoughts. pic.twitter.com/5bYHPmkQBO
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) November 13, 2017