As reported by Rare Country, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin spent much of the day on Feb. 16 defending comments he made during a podcast interview where he said that 70 percent of drivers are on Adderall.
He said he was joking. Kevin Harvick didn’t find it funny.
In fact, during his SiriusXM show “Happy Hours” on Feb. 20, Kevin said he wasn’t the only one who was unhappy with Denny’s comments that were made in the days leading up to the Daytona 500. In fact, Kevin said the comments caused a virtual uproar in the garage area.
“Those 70 percent of drivers he referred to are mad because of the fact that you’re the guy sitting in the trailer doing the drug testing 10 or 12 times a year from a random standpoint and understanding the things you can and can’t do,’’ Kevin said in the podcast and reported on by NBC Sports. “Whether he thinks it was an off-the-cuff comment and something he meant to say or not to say, it still offended most everybody in the garage. If you’re going to play around, joking and think it’s not something that everybody is going to take offense to … I think he’s probably seeing that nobody really appreciated it and it put everybody in a bad spot.’’
In fact, Kevin sounds like he would suggest that Denny shut his mouth next time.
“[It] made him seem kind of out of touch with everything that is going on in the sport,” Kevin said. “Not a very cool comment. Obviously Denny has got himself into a few spots in the past little bit. We don’t even need to go much further than that.”
He went on to say, “Sometimes it’s better not to go on rants on Twitter and defend yourself, and sometimes you just need to quit talking and this is definitely, probably one of those instances. I would call it an edgy interview source where all this came from. Sometimes you’ve got to keep your mouth shut.’’