Ham­lin, Dil­lon re­new feud af­ter fiery fin­ish at Loudon

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY DAN GEL­STON — As­so­ci­ated Press

loudon, n.h. — Denny Ham­lin turned side­ways into Kyle Busch and had Austin Dil­lon all bent out of shape.

Ham­lin roughed up the field and bruised some feel­ings when he nudged Dil­lon out of the lead Satur­day and raced to his sec­ond NASCAR Xfinity Se­ries vic­tory of the sea­son.

Ham­lin had the dom­i­nant car and led 145 of the 200 laps at New Hamp­shire Mo­tor Speed­way. But when Dil­lon briefly took the lead, Ham­lin put his No. 20 into the left side of Dil­lon’s car at Lap 179 and knocked him out of the way. Ham­lin was an­gry be­cause he said Dil­lon jumped the restart, forc­ing him to make the hit-and-run pass any driver should at­tempt in that sit­u­a­tion.

Dil­lon lashed out af­ter the race and said Ham­lin pur­posely tried to wreck him and vowed pay­back, though he stopped short of say­ing it would come in Sun­day’s Sprint Cup race.

“What is rac­ing if you can’t race side-by-side for more than a cor­ner? Hen­ever even went through a cor­ner with me. The whole race,” Dil­lon said. “Didn’t want to, just moved me, missed the cor­ner, wrecked me. I’m fine with rac­ing rough. I prom­ise you, I can do it to any­body.”

Ham­lin and Dil­lon feuded in 2012 af­ter they tan­gled at Texas Mo­tor Speed­way. It car­ried over when Ham­lin lev­eled a nepo­tism charge against Dil­lon, grand­son of team owner Richard Chil­dress.

“He called me a spoiled rich kid at Texas two years ago. And I hate it,” Dil­lon said. “He said check the last name. I said my last name’s Dil­lon, not Chil­dress. But he ismy grand­fa­ther. I’ll al­ways act with class. Ev­ery­body in the media knows that. I’ve worked my way here like any­one else. With Denny act­ing like that, what does he want me to call him? I don’t do that. I know how to act.”

What to call Ham­lin? He had a sim­ple re­tort: “A win­ner.”

Brad Ke­selowski was third, Busch fourth and Daniel Suarez fifth. Chris Buescher was 14th and kept his se­ries stand­ings lead.

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