Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe did not always see eye to eye in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. What started over the summer in Indianapolis lingered deep into the playoffs when the triple Daytona 500 winner referred to the rookie as a “f ****** idiot.”
When the season was over, Briscoe visited the media and talked about winning his third Rookie of the Year award. He also won in the Truck and Xfinity Series. Not surprisingly, the topic of his relationship with Hamlin came up in the conversation. In his response, the 26-year-old honestly revealed why he decided to take a shot at the veteran driver, who sparked a fight on social media, and also detailed where the two are heading into the offseason.
Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe have a few confrontations
It all started in August on the Indianapolis roadway when Hamlin forced Briscoe into the grass on turn 1 during the second restart of overtime. The Stewart-Haas driver responded by interrupting turn 2, joining the track directly behind the veteran and turning him, ending his chances of victory. The two met on the pit road for a discussion after the race, but both drivers seemed to be moving on from the conflict.
Fast forward to October and Texas, where the two drove hard side by side on the final stage. Briscoe slipped loose and slid up the outer wall, and the resulting injury cut his tire over and forced him to pit.
“That’s what he gets for being a *** idiot,” Hamlin said over the team’s radio. “He crashes because he runs over me like an idiot. Like, who the hell are you?”
NASCAR on the NBC Instagram account posted a picture of the two cars driving side by side with Hamlin’s quote. Briscoe could not help but respond.
“If I only had 10,000 running experience under my belt …,” he replied, referring to an incident in 2017 in which Hamlin apologized to Chase Elliott on Twitter after destroying him and so oddly enough claimed to have run 10,000 times since he was seven.
“ChaseBriscoe_14 is not sure you’ll get there,” replied the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. “There are cars driving around a championship. If you forgot to take the leader out and cost him 1 championship already this season. Maybe when you learn to give and take, you will start to finish better.”
Briscoe continued the exchange, explaining that he is not running for a championship, but struggling to keep his job. Hamlin suggested that the rookie put himself in the place of others and mentioned how respect is an underestimated quality in today’s world.
A few days after the Texas race, Hamlin visited the media and talked about driving etiquette between playoff drivers and non-playoff drivers. He also talked about the exchange of social media with Briscoe, and why he chose to engage in a public forum instead of talking about it privately.
“Well, a lot of it is, just for me, it’s the mentality that the younger guys have, not,” Hamlin said. “They can not pick up the phone and call you or anything. They just come up with immature statements on social media. So I just thought I would go down to that level in a minute. ”
Asked whether online teasing led to more productive conversations, Hamlin quickly said, “No.”
This week, Briscoe met with reporters to talk about winning the Cup Series Rookie of the Year Award. This is his third ROY award after winning it in both Truck (2017) and Xfinity Series (2019). He was also asked about the situation with Hamlin and where their relationship stood.
“I just saw a joke there that was a little too easy not to take, so I did,” Briscoe said, talking about why he brought Hamlin’s claim of 10,000 runs. “I have nothing wrong with Denny. I do not really have all the time. You know he gets paid the same way I do to get the best finish to his car, as he can just like me get paid to get the best. finish for my car.
‘We may have some different opinions on some things. I was not mad at the Indy deal, for I even told him that if I was in your situation, I would have done the same. I would have driven you wide into turn 1. This is the best chance of winning the race. I have nothing to do with Denny. I saw a joke there when he talked about who he thinks he is and I just thought it would be too easy not to say the 10,000 comment. “
The two may be good in Briscoe’s eyes, but those kinds of comments on social media will set fire to a budding conflict. Next season can not come here fast enough.