Denny Hamlin says the best racing movie is Driven… really

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It’s official: I’m worried about Denny Hamlin after his earlier accident this year.

Hamlin said in one of Jeff Gluck’s “12 Questions” segments for USA Today that the best racing movie was, and I kid you not on this, “Driven.”

“It’s kind of a corny movie and very unrealistic, but ‘Driven,'” was Hamlin’s response when asked by Gluck what the best racing movie is.

I don’t even care about the rest of what Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, had to say in this Q&A.

The mere thought that an actual, professional, paid NASCAR driver would call a movie that is so derided, so unrealistic, corny, and oozing with cheese the best just flabbergasts me.

If you’ve managed to avoid the horrors of the Sylvester Stallone/Burt Reynolds nightmare, good on you. But if you have seen it either by choice or by hinting, you know the pain and agony of what this movie represents.

Here’s one of the movie’s most unrealistic segments, when Stallone and hotshot young teammate “Jimmy Bly,” played by Kip Pardue, somehow are able to race through the streets of Chicago. Pardue, for those film anoraks, is better known as the guy who played Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass in “Remember the Titans.”