Chicagoland: Hamlin - Friday media visit

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed qualifying at Chicago, his response to Tony Stewart's comments on their on-track incident last weekend, the incident itself, looking forward to an ...

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed qualifying at Chicago, his response to Tony Stewart's comments on their on-track incident last weekend, the incident itself, looking forward to an off-weekend and racing at Indianapolis.

Select quotes from driver interview:

DID TONY STEWART'S COMMENTS AFTER LAST WEEK'S INCIDENT DISAPPOINT YOU? "It sure did. Definitely. Even if it was a situation where I had wrecked him from behind, he still probably shouldn't have thrown me under the bus as far as he did. But I was the guy in front. It was a little bit of disappointment so that's why I've taken this week to kind of calm down and I'll think with a much clearer head when I talk to him today."

ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT EVEN YOUR TEAM OWNERS DIDN'T COME OUT AND DEFEND YOU? "Not really. I think at the time neither Joe nor J.D. Gibbs had seen a good replay and I don't think they had realized it but we had talked since then and they know exactly what happened. Millions and millions of people watching, with opinions, know what happened. Let them judge. I don't need to sit there and blast Tony. There's no need for that.

"It's painful to watch somebody trash you the way they did and especially if I was behind him and totally blatantly wrecked him and took him out he still should not have taken the route he took. For me to be the leader and then say the things he did, that was pretty tough and hard to understand. I'm going to get an explanation later on."

TONY SAID YOU HAD A LOT TO LEARN - DOES IT MATTER THAT YOU ARE AHEAD OF HIM IN POINTS? "I don't feel like I'm ahead of him. He's still the leader at Joe Gibbs Racing without a doubt. He's the guy who really, when I need help, I'll still go to regardless. But there's a point where being a leader doesn't make you right." E-Tracks audio now available: (When accessing the audio files we strongly recommend you download and save the file to your hard drive and play back using your music/audio player. This will ensure uninterrupted playback independent of download speed/bandwidth.) Denny Hamlin Chicago 7.13.07 Hauler Chat Link: Additional E-Tracks files from Chicago can be downloaded by clicking here.

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing