Denny Hamlin wants changes at Daytona after accident

"It’s just the grass made it bite and that’s when it caused it to twirl in the air.”

by Sead Dedovic
Denny Hamlin wants changes at Daytona after accident
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The Daytona International Speedway's track layout should be improved to prevent accidents like Saturday's one involving Ryan Preece, according to Denny Hamlin. At the moment, Hamlin is worried about everything going on and believes that quick changes are necessary to solve these types of problems.

“I know the drivers have been really on this for a long time, but getting rid of the grass. I guess I’m in that camp for sure,” Hamlin said, as quoted by “Certainly, the car doesn’t bite as much as it would if it was on – it’s not going to change it from getting air.

The car was going airborne way before the grass. It’s just the grass made it bite and that’s when it caused it to twirl in the air”. A few days ago, Preece sent an interesting message to fans and others via social media.

If you want to be a race car driver, you better be tough. Dammit. Fast @racechoice @FordPerformance Mustang. I’m coming back,” Preece said.

Denny Hamlin's reaction

As a result of what he saw, Denny Hamlin is still in a state of shock.

He never got to see that type of crash during his long career. In fact, NASCAR fans will probably agree with him, considering that most of them were stunned by what they saw on their TV. Our hope is that similar scenes will be less common in the future, as they look really scary.

“So they start to play it and so I’m driving, I’m looking through the window net… I’m looking and seeing him turn and start to flip and I’m like ‘Oh wow he got some good air. Oh no!’.

I mean as soon as his car hit the grass, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one have that many rotations in the air,” Hamlin said. “I mean, not since a U.S. gymnast have I seen that many barrel rolls before making contact.

Holy cow. I mean, we got news that Ryan’s out of the hospital on his way to Charlotte now so seems like he’s fine. Got a tweet from him last night, so I think he’s going to be okay so we can comment on it.

But holy sh**. That thing was violent. That was the most violent barrel roll I’ve ever seen. Usually, you’ve seen in the old days when the cars would barrel roll, it’d be a little bit slower. The car would dissipate more. His car really kind of stayed together, except for the roof hatch and the window net, yikes”.

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