“You have to respect the (expletive) rules”

“You have to respect the (expletive) rules”

Initially, Blaney took the checkered flag ahead of Hamlin in Sunday Night’s All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday night, but a warning was posted on the final lap for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Under normal rules, Blaney would have been declared the winner, but under special rules for this year’s race, the winner of the final 50-lap segment had to claim victory under a green flag.

This sent the race into a two-lap overtime but with a problem for Blaney – thinking he had already won, had dropped the net from the driver’s side window of his #12 Ford.

Blaney stayed on the track and rigged the net as best he could – and NASCAR never called him to pit road to fix it. On the restart, Blaney held Hamlin back by 0.266 seconds to officially earn the All-Star victory and the $1 million prize.

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“It’s not a judgment from Denny Hamlin,” Hamlin said. “I’m just saying, ‘Whatever the rule, let’s be consistent and play by the rules. It’s a shame because he made a mistake.

“He should have won the race (the first time). He was 100 meters away from winning the race. But many cars failed to win races because of a green-white checkerboard or an error on a restart at the end. These things happen.

NASCAR rules specifically require that window net fasteners be “properly tightened and remain tightened during an event” and many times drivers have been forced to pit during a race to repair window nets that are fallen down.

Hamlin even presented a serious safety issue as two drivers nearly made contact in the race from Turn 2 for the final lap win.

“I almost crashed (Blaney)…if I send him into traffic and he doesn’t have a screen, then what?” said Hamlin. “Then they have a lawsuit on their hands.

” It is the rule. I don’t know what we’re talking about here. It’s not a judgement. You have to abide by the (expletive) rules.”

However, Hamlin admitted that if he was in the same position as Blaney, he would have waited for NASCAR to make the call for him to come to the pits and have the window netting issue resolved.

In this case, it never happened.

“If they just look away and turn the other way and say, ‘This rule doesn’t count right now,’ then more power to him. I would have done the same 100 per cent,” said said Hamlin.

“I don’t know if it’s a moral issue they have – ‘Well, we’re going to cost him the win because we threw in the warning and we hate to take it away.’ I think they just had a moral dilemma instead of just playing by the rules like they’re supposed to.”

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