Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin is fed up with NASCAR and their reluctance to address safety concerns with Next Gen cars.
Hamlin takes for Twitter and criticized NASCAR for not accepting any responsibility for the increasing number of drivers suffering injuries.
“It is quite disappointing that our sanctions agency refuses to acknowledge or accept any responsibility for the injured driver. That’s what THEY said,” Hamlin wrote. “We know better. It is the fault of these drivers that the system continues to take advantage of it.”
The NASCAR injury list is starting to grow, with Kurt Busch the most striking example. Driver of Toyota Camry No. 45 has been out since late July suffering concussion-like symptoms. Alex Bowman, driver No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will not race in the YellaWood 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday due to concussion-like symptoms following its crash last week at Texas Motor Speedway. Noah Gragson will fill in and get behind the wheel of the No. 48.
“Alex Bowman will not compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway after experiencing concussion-like symptoms following an accident at the September 25 event at Texas Motor Speedway,” Hendrick Motorsports said in a statement Thursday.
Denny Hamlin Provides Update on Kurt Busch
Speaking to the media ahead of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, Hamlin said Busch was active with the team. 23XI Racing has received all the advice, tips and information they can get from veteran racers.
“He remains active in the organization, I’m sure he’s in the shop now talking to engineers and others,” Hamlin said. “He is fully embedded in the team and is trying to help these young players we have to keep getting better. I think, to be honest, a lot of the growth in Bubba is because he has Kurt in his ear, quite a bit. Through every practice, every qualifier, and every race. So I think he is a valuable part of the organization we say he will always be.”
Asked if he had a medical update on Busch, Hamlin said he would get one soon.
“We won’t have an update on Kurt until the first week of October,” Hamlin said. “Then we’ll have another doctor’s news.”