Former NASCAR driver and television analyst Kyle Petty, who has been known to ruffle feathers with his on-air comments, angered Denny Hamlin with comments he made during the RaceDay show on the SPEED channel.
Petty said that Hamlin should end his season to focus on healing his lower back, which was injured earlier this season when he hit the inside wall at Auto Club Speedway after contact with Joey Logano.
Petty also said that Hamlin said he was the face of Joe Gibbs Racing.
Hamlin retaliated on Twitter, calling Petty “a moron.”
Hamlin continued his retaliation:
He’s an analyst, but not a very informative one because he doesn’t know anything. My beef with [Petty] is he has a lot of opinions about a lot of drivers, but he never once talked to any of them. To be an analyst you’ve got to be in the trenches to find out the stories.
Hamlin indicated that he had a problem with Petty saying that he said he was the face of JGR. Hamlin said that he actually said he was the face of his sponsor, FedEd and the No. 11 team.
Petty later admitted that he misinterpreted what Hamlin said and that his opinion was incorrect.
If you are going to run your mouth, if you are going to dish it out, you gotta take it, and the bone of contention here is that Denny is 100 percent right. I can take it, I can say that I’m wrong and that I misinterpreted what Denny said.
Petty said he would have apologized but Hamlin called him a moron, making it personal. So, Petty said, he is choosing not to acknowledge it.
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