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NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin blasts Twitter followers, and they fire back Sean Gardner/Getty Images

A lot of motorsports fans are already looking forward to this weekend’s NASCAR series races in Atlanta. After an exciting Daytona 500 that found Austin Dillon taking the checkered flag in the No. 3 car, the focus has now shifted ahead.

At least it has for some.

Denny Hamlin, on the other hand, is still duking it out with NASCAR fans on Twitter who are taking issue with comments he made after he came in third in the Feb. 18 race.

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Following his run on the iconic track, the driver of the FedEx car went on social media to share his thoughts.

“What a comeback for our @FedEx team,” he wrote. “We gave ourselves a shot to win on the final restart and lost the coin flip. Really happy for @austindillon3 and team. And for anyone looking for a reason to hate, the 43 came down on ME and cut my tire at the line, which is why we wrecked.”

The comment, which includes a dig at No. 43 Bubba Wallace, who inched him out of the No. 2 spot, did not sit well with some fans, nearly 400 to be exact, and the replies began pouring in.

Several even alluded to the Adderall comment he made during the “Pardon My Take” podcast earlier in the week, a controversial remark he later claimed was a joke.

Rest assured, though, there were plenty of No. 11 fans who were quick to jump to the driver’s defense.

However, the next day, Denny was back on Twitter, and what came next ruffled a lot of feathers. But this time it was as much for his choice of words as it was for the dig at Bubba. Denny tweeted, “Let me clue the idiots on Twitter what I was pissed off about. I had no issue with how the race ended. I was minding my own business on the bottom of the track and, out of the blue  I get ran into, my tire blown and perfectly straight car destroyed. I’m good with all that.”

Idiots?

He then went on to say, “Then, I go do media and everything is fine. Then the last question is what was my response to what Bubba said. I had no issue until not only did he place blame on me, but then went on to make personal comments about myself. I left the media center and saw Bubba 30 [seconds] later.”

Denny then finished his statement, saying, “Anyone who wouldn’t take offense to the stupid things that [were] said has absolutely no backbone. I have one.”

Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there. After one NASCAR fan commented, “You race like that all the time. Last lap of the Daytona 500 and he side drafted you? How dare he,” Denny replied by calling him a “moron.”

More than 1,000 comments have been made on the thread since it was posted. Some addressed the name-calling.

Others mentioned the Adderall comment.

And, still others suggested taking a different post-race route.

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Some fans went over the event in question where Denny and Bubba swapped paint, resulting in Bubba taking second, with their analysis of the situation.

But, again, plenty of Denny Hamlin fans expressed their continued support of their driver, as loyal NASCAR fans will do.

We’re just days away from the green flat in Atlanta, and it is our sincere hope that all of the drivers taking the field on Sunday can leave this behind and get out of their heads to focus on victory lane.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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