Denny Hamlin opposed Joe Gibbs' decision not to appeal after the penalty
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Denny Hamlin made a big mistake after admitting in his podcast that he intentionally wrecked Ross Chastain into the wall. There was an immediate reaction from NASCAR, which decided to punish Hamlin by deducting 25 points and a $50,000 fine.
At first, Hamlin did not decide to appeal that decision, but after some time, he changed his decision. “I initially was not going to appeal this because my owner, Joe Gibbs, whom I love like family because we are family, called me and says, ‘Hey, this is obviously not ideal, but I’ve talked to sponsors, I talked to the team, we just want to let this go.
We just want to move on. Everyone’s fine, but let’s just not drag it out and move on,” Denny Hamlin said. Hamlin is a person who respects his authority, and he decided to do as Gibbs told him. "I was like, fine.
It’s not what I like, but I’ll do it because Dad’s telling me so, and I need to be a good teammate and someone that respects when my team owner asks me to do something,”.
However, after receiving the email, he had to react, considering that he was accused of some things he did not do.
“So then I slept on it, and I woke up, and I got the email from NASCAR, the things that they said I did, and I called Joe back and said, ‘Joe, I didn’t do any of these things,” Hamlin said. Joe agreed with him that he should react as he thought was best.
“He put me on speaker phone, and I explained to everyone, here’s what they say I did. This is not truthful. This is not right. And at the end of it, they just said, ‘We understand. If you want to appeal, then we support you.’ And so, here we are”.