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NASCAR Cup: Denny Hamlin apologizes for Chase Elliott wreck

No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Denny Hamlin at Martinsville Speedway (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Denny Hamlin at Martinsville Speedway (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

After his dust-up with Chase Elliott late in the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, Denny Hamlin issued the following apology via social media:

“I’ve raced nearly 10,000 races since I was 7. Today was the first time I’ve ever spun the leader. I regret the outcome because it was not intentional the way it turned out but I’m responsible for my own car and take blame. Nothing I say now can turn back the clock but it’s a life lesson and hope no kids out there who aspire to race thinks that’s the way you should do it. It’s becoming a normal in our sport now and I hate that I’m now in the discussion as a guilty party but I’ll move on and hope Chase, his team and fans will accept my apology.”

Elliott was leading the race in the late laps when Hamlin made contact with Elliott’s car from behind, sending Elliott into a spin and into the wall. Elliott wound up with a 27th-place finish after the race went into overtime.

“Yeah, well, he (Hamlin) came over and talked to me on the back straightaway, and he said somebody was pushing him, but it wasn’t two car lengths between him and the next guy,” Elliott said. “So, my Mama always said if you don’t have anything nice not to say anything at all. So, it’s not even worth my time. We’ll just go on to Texas.”

Hamlin, then, led briefly but was passed for the lead on the final restart by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Busch won the race. Hamlin wound up finishing seventh after a last-lap crash that involved most of the race field. Both Hamlin and Elliott are among the eight drivers remaining in the 2017 Cup Series playoffs.

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