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Denny Hamlin bluntly hits back at Brad Keselowski with a nine-word accusation

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With practice comes mastery, right? NASCAR officials wouldn't agree with this famous quote. But they have valid reasons to support their argument. In 2020, as COVID-19 struck the world, NASCAR skipped practices while trying to somehow keep the sport in business.

Even after the pandemic subsided, NASCAR conducted minimal practices to provide racing teams with cost savings. However, this decision sparked strong reactions among racing drivers, which continue the debate to this day. Brad Keselowski thinks this decision makes no sense, but his JGR rival Denny Hamlin disagrees.

Denny Hamlin points out the incorrect logic of the RFK owner

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Currently, NASCAR is allocating a 20-minute practice session for most races in 2024, as opposed to 50 minutes in the past. Racers have argued that the extra time would allow mechanics to refine the cars before races and more. Kevin Harvick had taken the middle path and advocated for a two-day schedule.

Brad Keselowski, co-owner of Roush-Fenway Keselowski, says he's also committed, as he hasn't seen any economic benefits. He recently told the media: “I didn't see how we saved money by eliminating training, nNot from a team perspective. There may have been savings in the industry in other ways that I’m not aware of, but there were no significant cost savings.”

Denny Hamlin completely refuted Keselowski's view, saying: “I heard Brad, and it bothers me a little, 'All we need is more practice, it won't cost anyone.'” That's not true. Hamlin then added a nine-word accusation and said it was Bradsomeone who has never made a cash call before.” He further said: “You have to buy a lot more. You have to get to the racetrack earlier and that costs an extra night in a hotel room.”

Denny Hamlin used his team's example to drive home the message. “23XI would be more than happy to train and qualify again if we just covered our damn costs… So you'd have an hour of training, but the engine builders would say, 'Okay, the way they're built, you can do it .' Run 'em only on these 20 minute workouts in these two races. We also need to renew our engines. “I can’t have you running 100 laps in Kansas.” So we would see costs. I don’t think it’s factual to say that adding practice and qualifying to a full weekend like we used to have wouldn’t incur any costs.”

Still, Keselowski may not be too far away from cash call ability.

The simulation eats up all cost-saving tactics

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Brad Keselowski is going through a nearly three-year winless streak. His most recent Cup win came at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2021, and ironically he draws inspiration from Joe Gibbs Racing. Echoing Keselowski's concerns, JGR driver Ty Gibbs said the simulators don't correspond to actual training on the track. Keselowski refuted Denny Hamlin's argument and also previously joked along similar lines, noting that simulation is no less costly.

“We put a lot of money and time into the racing car simulation. Whether it’s the static simulation of the car and how it would behave aerodynamically taking other factors into account, or whether it’s some kind of multi-body physics model that simulates the car moving around the track.”

He also added: “I feel like it's never a good idea for our sport when we're in a cost mindset and moving spending away from things that our spectators can enjoy and watch, or that the media can report on or discuss, and in Go into areas that they can't. I think if you look at the distribution of resources, that's exactly what happened.”

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NASCAR already has many requirements to meet, such as: B. increasing horsepower and solving transmission problems. So it doesn't look like longer practice sessions will be a reality any time soon.

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