Denny Hamlin on the relationship with Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott

"It always is difficult to navigate on-track stuff with people that you have off-the-track relationships"

by Sead Dedovic
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Denny Hamlin on the relationship with Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott
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Denny Hamlin plays the role of 'villain' this year in a great way. The experienced NASCAR driver causes various reactions from the crowd, which obviously does not have much sympathy for him. Hamlin has always been someone who strived for the greatest things, and he didn't choose the way to get there.

In his career, he has had many feuds with individuals from the NASCAR world, in this case, drivers. Speaking to FOX Sports' Bob Pockrass, Hamlin touched on the feuds he had with Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott. Denny stressed that the team has never had an understanding of the relationship a driver has with someone outside of the NASCAR world.

The team's goal has always been to achieve a good result, which is of course expected. “I think it is. It always is difficult to navigate on-track stuff with people that you have off-the-track relationships with because your team doesn’t care about that.

Your team doesn’t care that you guys went to dinner last night, They care, like, we just spent overtime hours getting this car ready, we’re giving it our all, we’ve trained two-a-days on pit stops, we’ve gotten better — are you going to give everything you can to win this race for us or not? And if you don’t, then it’s really, really hard to keep them behind you."- Hamlin said, talking about his friend Larson, and Elliott, someone he doesn't know very well.

Denny Hamlin on his teammates

Hamlin always put himself first and wanted to be someone who would achieve a good result. Although he is aware that it is necessary to have a good relationship with his teammates, in certain situations you have to put yourself first if you really want to achieve success.

“So I think I’m a good teammate. I’m not a great teammate. I’ve never been a great teammate because I’m too selfish. I want to win for myself and my team too much. And sometimes that puts strains on relationships I have with friends off the track.

And so hopefully everyone understands that I’m just trying to do everything I can any weekend to win for my team because it means more to me to keep them behind me than anyone else”.

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