There’s a new feud on the NASCAR block and it’s between Darrell Wallace Jr. and Denny Hamlin. If you haven’t forgotten, Hamlin has a standing feud still going between he and Chase Elliott too. But, the most recent one started on the final lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500. The initial TV view on the FOX broadcast showed that Hamlin ran Wallace Jr. up the banking in the tri-oval on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, in an effort to beat Wallace’s No. 43 Chevrolet to the finish line. Instead, Wallace came home second and Hamlin third.
Then, they interviewed Wallace after the race. Wallace, 24, was shaking mad and said he didn’t want to basically divulge too much because he was heated. But, he did leave us with this saying, “he might need to take some Adderall for that one.’’
That was a shot at Hamlin after Hamlin said to Jeff Gluck earlier in the Daytona Speedweeks that he feels 70-percent of NASCAR drivers take Adderall to stay focused. He later recanted that statement saying that he was just joking. That’s why Wallace’s comments were a shot at Hamlin.
That told us something is there between these two. Wallace was blaming Hamlin for that last lap incident.
But, another replay showed that maybe it was Wallace who tried to side draft Hamlin instead and that Wallace got into his No. 11 Toyota’s right front tire causing it to go flat forcing Hamlin to run up the track as a result. With Wallace on his right side, Hamlin’s car shot to the right and took Wallace into the wall with him. Hamlin, confirmed what the replay showed, but Wallace and NASCAR nation wasn’t having any of it.
Well, Wallace joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s The Morning Drive this morning to discuss his runner-up Daytona 500 and his recent spat with Hamlin and he said that he has reached out to Hamlin since the incident but they’re both still upset at one another.
“I was told I cut his tire as I was doing the interview, and I already had my mind made up about what had happened,’’ Wallace told Pete Pistone and Mike Bagley. “Just got into the heat of the battle. At the end of the day, we’re racing and that’s what you do, you go down and sidedraft the guy through the short chute and try to suck him all the way down and get the run and pull away from him and just felt like he had turned right. That was my opinion. He had thought otherwise. He said there was more footage from in-car that I haven’t seen yet. I’ve been looking for and haven’t seen yet.
“At the garage, he was upset with me over the comments I made about something he was joking about, which shouldn’t have been joked about. All in all, that’s all right. We’re actually texting each other right now, we’re still not happy. I’m OK, he’s not. We’re racers, and we’ll go to Atlanta and be battling each other. I told him we’ll be racing together for a long time so I wanted to step out and reach out and clear the air. We’ll see how long it takes to officially clear the air.”
This will be something to watch heading to Atlanta.