What did Denny Hamlin say about Alex Bowman after their NASCAR clash at Martinsville?

Jake Nichol November 1, 2021
What did Denny Hamlin say about Alex Bowman after their NASCAR clash at Martinsville?
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Denny Hamlin was less than happy with Alex Bowman in his post-race interview at Martinsville on Sunday, but what exactly did Hamlin say about Bowman?

Hamlin advances to Championship 4 after Bowman clash at Martinsville

In the closing stages of the Playoffs semi-final eliminator at Martinsville, Hamlin and Bowman were dicing for the lead.

The #11 Joe Gibbs of Hamlin had enough of a points cushion to fall back on if Bowman passed him.

However, on Lap 495 of 500 at the short track, Bowman tagged Hamlin into a spin at Turn 4.

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Bowman’s #48 went on to win as Hamlin came home in 24th place.

Bowman could not advance to the Championship 4 as he had already been knocked out of the Playoffs.

The four drivers who go to Phoenix this weekend in the title hunt are Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr.

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Denny Hamlin tears into Bowman in post-race interview

Veteran Hamlin, who is still yet to win a Cup title, was furious with Bowman.

He drove his Gibbs Toyota Camry back onto the front-stretch on the cool down laps, blocking Bowman’s attempts at celebration doughnuts.

After stepping from his machine, Hamlin tore into Bowman for his actions in his post-race interview with TV crews.

“He’s just a hack, just an absolute hack,” said two-time 2021 race winner Hamlin.

“He gets his ass kicked by his teammates every week. He’s f*****g terrible.

“He sees one opportunity and he takes it.

“Obviously he’s got the fastest car of the week and he runs 10th.

“He did not want to race us there.

“We had a good clean race.

“I moved as high as as I could on the racetrack to give him all the room I could, but he still can’t drive.

“We got in, do what we had to do.

“I just wanted to race there at the end. He’s just terrible.”

Whilst giving this post-race interview on TV, Hamlin was also serenaded by a chorus of boos from the crowd.

He later put those down to Chase Elliott fans, who “don’t think straightly,” and who will “boo the s*** out of me next week.”

Do Hamlin and Bowman have history?

Triple Daytona 500 winner Hamlin is one of a posse of veteran drivers who are aggrieved about the race craft of younger drivers.

They believe the younger drivers are too aggressive and lack respect on the track and when attempting overtakes.

For his part, Bowman said there no was no malice in his move.

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“I got under him fair, under him clean,” the Hendrick Motorsports driver said.

“I just got sideways underneath him, spun him out, hate to do that.

“[It was] obviously unintentional. A part of short track racing.”

Bowman has struggled in 2021, despite a career best four wins.

Whereas his teammates Elliott, Larson and William Byron have been in contention for regular wins and top 10s, the #48 has not had the pace.

The win at Martinsville was his 16th top of the season.

By comparison, Larson has 25, and Elliott and Byron 20.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.