Denny Hamlin faces boos after win at Bristol, and NASCAR star affords terse response

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Denny Hamlin earned his third win of the 2023 NASCAR season Saturday evening underneath the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway, leaping into the following spherical of the playoffs.

Hamlin completed second final week in Kansas and had a superb probability to succeed in the following spherical, however a win in Tennessee will depart little doubt about his standing.

However that didn’t change the opinion of the followers who booed him as he obtained out of his automotive.


Denny Hamlin at the start and finish line

Denny Hamlin celebrates after successful the NASCAR Move Professional Outlets Cup Collection Evening Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 16, 2023 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Pictures)

“You beat your favourite driver,” Hamlin stated. “…all of them.”

Hamlin enters the following spherical of the playoffs in third place behind William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. Hamlin has by no means gained a NASCAR Cup Collection title regardless of having three Daytona 500 victories and a Coca-Cola 600 victory in his profession.

The main target now might be to buckle down and ensure he can place himself for a fourth championship by the point the autumn is in full swing.

Denny Hamlin celebrates

Denny Hamlin celebrates his victory within the NASCAR Cup Collection inventory automotive race on Saturday, September 16, 2023, in Bristol, Tennessee. (AP Photograph/Wade Payne)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was pressured out of the automotive after it caught hearth; The uniform was additionally burned: “We obtained a gap in my pants.”

The Spherical of 12 may even characteristic Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace. The final 4 drivers begin on the bubble as the following spherical will characteristic solely eight drivers.

Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael McDowell have been eradicated on Saturday evening.

“We have been like this all 12 months, hit and miss, and tonight we solely missed by a mile,” stated Harvick, who will retire on the finish of the season. “I’ve had some good days and a few unhealthy days, however that is undoubtedly the worst day for bumpers. I did not actually have a variety of expectations, as has been the case all 12 months. It’s what it’s, and that is in all probability what we deserve.”

Joey Logano on pit road

Joey Logano drives a Shell Pennzoil Ford on pit street after an on-track accident at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 16, 2023, in Tennessee. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Pictures)


The following race might be at Texas Motor Speedway. There might be three races complete within the Spherical of 12. The Spherical of 8 begins on October 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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