Denny Hamlin’s tweets provide lighter side to Penske penalties

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Denny Hamlin may not be able to race at the moment, but the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is still bringing his A-game to Twitter.

Hamlin, sidelined after contact with Joey Logano at Auto Club Speedway last month, opined on the points penalties NASCAR handed down to Penske Racing after this past weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hamlin incurred one of the year’s most notable penalties after he was fined $25,000 for, in NASCAR’s eyes, criticizing the racing product after the Phoenix race in February.

USA Today Sports’ Jeff Gluck called it the “Tweet of the day,” and Hamlin replied noting how Logano’s contact cost him points at Fontana, beyond the obvious cost of injury.

Hamlin did several interviews after his accident and he was released from the hospital, including on The Dan Patrick Show. Mark Martin (Martinsville) and Brian Vickers (Texas) have filled in for Hamlin in his absence.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.