Roger Diez
For the Nevada Appeal

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March 9, 2013
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DIEZ: Hamlin fine was an overreaction

NASCAR must be pretty sensitive about the new Gen 6 Sprint Cup car judging from their overreaction to comments by Denny Hamlin after last Sunday's Phoenix race.

I thought that Hamlin's comments were pretty mild, but NASCAR slapped him with a $25,000 fine. Hamlin is appealing the penalty, and I wish him luck. Veteran driver Jeff Burton weighed in on the subject, also calling it an overreaction. And TV commentator Kyle Petty, to no one's surprise, was even more outspoken on NASCAR's action. Petty said he was going to buy a Denny Hamlin t-shirt and hat to show his support. …

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