NASCAR fans finally have a driver to stand behind for those who were looking a driver that would stand up to NASCAR. Denny Hamlin saw an increase of support from NASCAR fans across the fan base after his comments at Phoenix.
Denny Hamlin as many know had been fined by NASCAR after the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix for criticizing the new Generation-6 cars.
No profanity or really insulting comments of any kind were made, just a simple and clean assessment from Hamlin was made. Yet, NASCAR slapped a hefty $25,000 fine on Hamlin.
Hamlin responded by saying he refused to pay the fine NASCAR handed him. Eventually, he announced his intentions to appeal the fine.
Now, Hamlin has stated the he will not pursue an appeal after all.
“After a lot of thought I have decided not to appeal the fine NASCAR has issued. Dragging myself, my team and NASCAR through the mud for the next 2 weeks would not be good for anyone. I firmly believe I am in the right on this issue and will stand behind my decision not to pay. I understand NASCAR will do what they feel is necessary based on my decision. Thanks to all of my fans and peers who have supported me in this decision. I look forward to putting it to rest.” – @DennyHamlin, Twitter
Now, don’t get too confused! While Hamlin isn’t appealing his fine, he also will not be paying it. He is sticking to his original decision of not paying it, but since he is doing so, NASCAR will not withdraw the fine from his earnings.