He also renewed his pledge not to pay.
“After a lot of thought I have decided not to appeal the fine NASCAR has issued,” wrote Hamlin in a Twitter posting Thursday afternoon. “Dragging my myself, my team and NASCAR through the mud for the next two weeks would not be good for anyone.”
He made it clear, however, that his decision not to appeal is not an admission of wrongdoing.
“I firmly believe I am in the right on this issue and will stand behind my decision not to pay,” he said. “I understand NASCAR will do what they feel is necessary based on my decision. Thanks to all of my fans and peers who have supported me in this decision. I look forward to putting it to rest.”
NASCAR responded to Hamlin’s statement, saying that the fine will be settled per Section 12-3 of the 2013 NASCAR rule book, which allows the sanctioning body to deduct unpaid penalties from the driver’s purse or point fund earnings. NASCAR “considers this matter closed.”