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Has Denny Hamlin Taken NASCAR Villain Role Too Far With Recent Marcus Smith Spat?

Srijan Mandal

Has Denny Hamlin taken NASCAR villain role too far with recent Marcus Smith spat?

Denny Hamlin has well established himself as the villain of NASCAR over the past couple of years in the sport. However, his recent altercation with Speedway Motorsports President Marcus Smith may have stretched it too far. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started the rage-filled back and forth between the two parties after he passed a snide comment on a picture posted on X,  showcasing the eroded track surface of the newly paved Sonoma Raceway.

The JGR veteran mentioned, “When paving on a budget goes wrong. NWB will be next.” Not long after, Smith responded to Hamlin’s comments, “This is a great post from somebody who doesn’t know all the information. Ignorance on display for the world to see!” Smith then went on to say that he would be willing to delete his tweet when Hamlin either sends him a text or calls him up to get more information on the subject.

However, the JGR driver did not seem keen to hear Smith out and instead tweeted, “You don’t need to delete. We’ve seen your reconfig record.” Not long after Smith retaliated by taking a shot at the fact that Hamlin hadn’t won any championships in his career. “Yes we take risks, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. We’ve seen your attempt of the championship as well. When you have a chance, maybe you could give me some golf tips,” he added.

Denny Hamlin gets personal with retaliatory comment

Sure Hamlin has not been able to win a championship yet, but he sure has several other accolades to his name. At the moment the JGR veteran is aiming to hit the 60-win mark and with his 2024 progress, it seems that the milestone is not too far away. Hence, when Hamlin saw Smith mocking him for not having any championships to his credit, the 53-time Cup Series winner retaliated with a tweet of his own.

“Here’s your tip. Let someone else run your business before you blow everything your dad gave you,” said Hamlin. The back and forth between the pair continued for a while until both parties later decided to retract their statements and call a truce. Smith admitted that he shouldn’t let conversations on social media get personal and deleted his previous tweets. Meanwhile, Hamlin also took responsibility for his choice of words during the argument, suggesting that things got a little too personal.

Well, the argument between the two was harsh and both individuals may have crossed a line with their respective comments. However, at the end of the day, it’s a good thing to see that both Smith and Hamlin have mutually agreed to not squabble over social media regarding subjects like these.

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Srijan Mandal

Srijan Mandal


Srijan Mandal is a Senior NASCAR Analyst and Editor at The Sportsrush with a wealth of experience and expertise in the world of motorsports. With several thousand articles under his belt over the years, he has established himself as a leading authority on all things racing. His passion for motorsports started at a young age, and he has dedicated his career to covering the sport in all its forms. He is an expert in various disciplines, including stock car racing, American motorsports, Formula 1, IndyCar, NHRA, MotoGP, WRC, WEC, and several more. But Srijan's love for racing goes beyond his writing. He actively competes in professional open-wheel simulation racing, using the number 88 as his racing number. While he mostly participates in GT Endurance classes, he also ventures into Stock Car racing from time to time. In case, you wish to contact Srijan, kindly send an email to him at or just DM him on Twitter.

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