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Kevin Harvick Reveals Denny Hamlin Martinsville's 'Middle Finger' When He Risked Ruining Chase Elliott

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Did Denny Hamlin shoot himself in the foot when he tried his luck with a late pit stop tactic at Martinsville Speedway? Considering the results of 11th place, maybe! If there was anyone who could take HMS' podium victory lightly, it was Hamlin.

Mamba Smith, during the recent Happy Hour podcast, explained the hypothetical situation in which Hamlin could have hit Chase Elliott's No. 9 car and played his cards right with another caution. In response, Kevin Harvick stated that he had the possibility of making such a move considering that he had already received enough support from fans before the main event.

Kevin Harvick shares details about fans' unsavory treatment of Hamlin in Martinsville

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It's no secret that Denny Hamlin isn't particularly popular with NASCAR fans. It's not necessarily his actions on the track that earned him this title, but rather his antics and outspoken behavior. According to Kevin Harvick, it wouldn't have made a difference if Hamlin wrecked Chase Eliott in overtime. Because the JGR driver received criticism from the fans even before race day.

On the broadcast, Harvick recounted the incident in which fans expressed their dislike for the No. 11 JGR driver during qualifying. “The good news for Denny is that they wouldn’t boo him any louder. So if he spit out the 9 or anyone else, they wouldn't boo him even louder. My favorite thing to see this weekend was during qualifying, there was a group of about six fans… the whole family there together, and every time Denny came by they both just raised their middle fingers.”

It wasn't just the adults who denounced Hamlin, the children were enthusiastic too. “Every time he came by, all three laps of qualifying, the kids and everyone, and every time they came by they just started laughing and high-fiving each other, but it was like double birds. (…)These are all the things you see on the small ISO screen that never made it onto TV, and that was a fun chase during qualifying,Harvick further added.

Interestingly, not only Denny Hamlin was treated harshly by fans, Kevin Harvick also suffered a similar fate at the venue.

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Kevin Harvick's love-hate relationship with Martinsville

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Fans are very selective when it comes to their support and appreciation for a driver, and unfortunately for Harvick, he was always treated unpleasantly by the fans at Martinsville. Of all the Cup starts he completed on the legendary short track, he only achieved the winning streak once in 2011. Talking about his experience running on the track, he said: “A lot of people screwed me over in Martinsville, see Martinsville was one of those places where there was kind of a love-hate relationship.”

The fans loved going there, I hated going there because I just never performed well. There's nothing wrong with Martinsville, it's a great race track, fun to watch. It was just one of those places where they either loved me or hated me and there were a lot of people up there who didn't like me. I didn't start off on the right foot my first year at Martinsville, it was towards the end of the season when I knocked Bobby Hamilton out of the race as he passed me and took the leadHarvick added.

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NASCAR fans are indeed picky when it comes to who their favorite star is. And given the current state of affairs, it's fair to say that Denny Hamlin will receive similar treatment as he did at Martinsville, even if he does pull off some antics on the track.

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