NASCAR announced on Thursday that it has fined NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, $25,000 for comments he made following the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3. In its punishment announcement, NASCAR cited section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of its 2013 rule book.
“Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event last Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Denny Hamlin made some disparaging remarks about the on-track racing that had taken place that afternoon,” a written statement from NASCAR said. “While NASCAR gives its competitors ample leeway in voicing their opinions when it comes to a wide range of aspects about the sport, the sanctioning body will not tolerate publicly made comments by its drivers that denigrate the racing product.”
Hamlin has drawn NASCAR’s ire with a critical comment about the new Gen-6 race car. Since the announcement, Hamlin has refused to pay the fine, saying that he’ll sit out a race before paying the $25,000.
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