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'Shame on us': Denny Hamlin criticizes NASCAR's intentions after Next Gen Martinsville disaster

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Last weekend's NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway was not an exciting day for fans. While the race wasn't bad, it certainly didn't live up to expectations for short-course racing events that are known for exciting action and drama. This could be an alarming sign for the sport as it tries to regain its glory. And if you follow the current trend of the parity race, the sport just won't do well in the long run.

Denny Hamlin was quick to point out NASCAR's failed performance. It says the idea of ​​bringing parity has its negative effects, which were seen in Martinsville last Sunday. He then explained the limitations of the next-gen car based on his own experience during the race, where he found it difficult to overtake a car that was one lap behind normally.

Hamlin explains the pitfalls of racing the next-gen car

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One of the key takeaways from the Cook 400 race was lap traffic. This played a big role in the change of leading drivers, but at the same time it proved challenging for drivers like Hamlin to attempt an overtake. Hamlin found himself in a similar situation when he was held at bay by Austin Dillon, who wasn't even in contention for the win. All of this was possible because NASCAR introduced the parity racing trend.

On his podcast show, Hamlin explained how difficult overtaking is in the next generation car: “We couldn't even pass Austin Dillon for 50 or 60 laps. As the last car on the track, we were unable to overtake him at the end of the second stage. So here's the problem, and I need someone to answer this: If your goal is equality and you want all, all cars to be equal, who do you think it's going to happen that we die? Do they believe that a driver can overcome the dirty air created by the car in front of him?

He further explained that he was just reinforcing the common opinion after the Martinsville race: “The race needs to be repaired. I'm not saying anything that no one will say all week, they've already said it. I'm sure the DBC people will have problems with this; Certainly the demolition and the media have expressed their opinion on this. And I agree with them. Because if we sit back and do nothing, then Shame on usWe deserve everything that comes our way in the long run.”

As Hamlin usually does, he also shared his ideas and possible solutions for better future short track racing.

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More horsepower and tire changes compared to aero gimmicks

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Given that the next-gen car is the same for the teams and drivers, the new aerodynamic package is simply not enough to bring about change. Additionally, it was somewhat surprising that tire wear was not an issue at Martinsville, which posed an additional challenge for the drivers. Hamlin's proposal to NASCAR, which sounded like a broken record, was to increase the performance of the race car once again in order to noticeably change the style of racing.

We continue to tinker with the aerodynamics, I'm sorry we're going 45 mph in the middle of Martinsville. It's not about aerodynamics, but about the ratio of horsepower to tires. And until we achieve that through our firm goals, the product will remain the same. But it has to be aligned with the excellence of NASCAR.” Hamlin added.

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The race at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season was a good example of how to make racing unpredictable and entertaining. So it will be interesting to see if NASCAR actually decides to make changes to its racing product.

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