Hamlin, Dillon renew feud after fiery finish at Loudon
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.