DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Denny Hamlin may not be able to live down his comment that 70 percent of NASCAR drivers take Adderall anytime soon.
After Hamlin raced Darrell Wallace for second in Sunday’s Daytona 500, Wallace commented that Hamlin might need some Adderall in his TV interview after Fox. Wallace took issue with the fact that Hamlin’s car pinched his between the wall after the finish line.
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Wallace drove down and made contact with Hamlin as the two approached the line; a not uncommon practice between drivers racing for position. Hamlin contended that he didn’t have control of his car after the contact Wallace started because he had a flat tire.
“I blew my right front tire out when he came down and side drafted me, so I didn’t have any control of my car because when he came down there, I was just on the yellow line,” Hamlin said. “Nothing I could have done, and it blew my right front tire out with his fender.”
Hamlin appeared on the Pardon My Take podcast earlier in the week and was asked if drivers take Adderall. When Hamlin said yes, the hosts asked him to put a number on how many. Hamlin said 70 percent.
He later clarified he was joking about the comment, but not before NASCAR issued a statement saying that anyone who tests positive for Adderall without having a prescription would be suspended per the NASCAR drug policy. AJ Allmendinger was suspended after testing positive for Adderall in 2012.
Wallace said he made his comment because he felt Hamlin’s move resembled contact he had with Ryan Blaney at Martinsville after the race in 2017.
“If that happened, okay, so be it,” Wallace said about Hamlin’s flat-tire reasoning. ” But it just seems like he got off of me a little bit and then turned back into me. I know the cars drive crazy and whatnot and they’re a handful but it just didn’t seem like that right away, but it was tough to see from that angle anyways. Who knows. We’re both pissed off at each other, but we’re racers. We’re competitive and we’ll go into Atlanta and be fine.”
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