Denny Hamlin to Logano: “You’ve got to get out of the way"

Denny Hamlin looked like a strong contender for a win Sunday at Dover but a lapped car and a quirky engine issue sidelined his charge.

Denny Hamlin to Logano: “You’ve got to get out of the way"
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express, Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Express
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil

The lapped car – the No. 22 of Joey Logano – weighed on his mind far more than anything else, however.

Hamlin started on the pole and dominated on his way to the Stage 1 win, definitely looking like he had the car to beat in the Drydene 400.

He appeared well on his way to a victory in Stage 2 as well until Logano – who was running 24 laps off the pace due to a pre-race mechanical issue – obstructed his racing line, which helped Martin Truex Jr. take the lead.

Read Also:

Truex would hold off Kyle Larson for the Stage 2 win with Hamlin finishing third. 

“I thought (Logano) was trying to stay on the lead lap, but they said he was 24 laps down and so he was kind of air blocking us and we lost the lead, and we lost that stage,” Hamlin said after the race.

Logano claimed he was simply racing for every available point.

“The situation was that I had about four or five cars that it was possible for me to catch, which is five points. You tell me if it is worth it. I would say it is worth it and I have to go,” he said. “I have to try to get those spots if I can get them. 

“If some of those cars that were that slow out there and were going to be 20-something laps down, the pace we were running we were going to be within a lap or two of them. I had to race hard. I had to keep going.”

Not buying it

Told of Logano’s comments, Hamlin was not pleased with the explanation.

“Make up positions? He’s 24 laps down, that’s the most idiotic statement I’ve ever heard. We’re battling for the end of the stage, it’s not your day, you’ve had bad luck, we get it, but I don’t understand that at all. That’s just a stupid statement by an idiot,” he said.

“You’ve got to get out of the way. When it’s not your day and your 20-something laps down, you’re not going to make those positions up. It ain’t going to make one position difference at any point of the race, and it didn’t. 

“I probably shouldn’t call Joey an idiot, he’s not an idiot, but it’s just a bad choice to say he’s battling for something. He’s not fighting for anything. He just needs to run around the race track, stay in one lane, maybe the high lane because nobody’s running up there, get the laps over with, get the race over with, go home, work on it at Talladega and try to win that race.”

Engine problems?

As it turned out, Hamlin recovered quickly and started the final stage in second behind Larson. But on Lap 272 of 400, he suddenly radioed his crew that he may be “blowing up.”

As everyone watched anxiously to see if smoke would come billowing out of Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota, he lost some positions on the track but managed to finish the entire race, ending up fifth.

“I missed a shift on the last restart. The car changed tones and lost a little power, but it’s next year’s motor which is not concerning any more this year,” Hamlin said. “Certainly, I was concerned that we weren’t going to make it.”

In the final stage, Hamlin said he “lost control of the race” as he found the track get tighter.

“There were no cautions to pick up the rubber. We just got tight. Once we lost control – lost the clean air – it was so difficult to pass,” he said. 

“I needed to be up front with as tight as my car was, so I just lost the lead and backpedaled from there. Top-five, this track, I’ll take it every week.”

shares
comments
Kyle Larson ends 75-race winless streak with Dover victory

Previous article

Kyle Larson ends 75-race winless streak with Dover victory

Next article

Playoff standings shaken up by Dover mechanical gremlins

Playoff standings shaken up by Dover mechanical gremlins
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Dover II
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Jim Utter
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021
Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption Prime

Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a chance of redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Effectively replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith...

NASCAR Cup
Feb 11, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

NASCAR Cup
Nov 18, 2020
Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

NASCAR Cup
Oct 29, 2020