Friday, March 28, 2014

Defiant Hamlin Says "My Health Is My Business"

Hamlin unhappy with speculation
Denny Hamlin explained today why the ailment that sidelined him from last Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway took so long to clarify.
In short, it’s none of your business.
A defiant Hamlin took aim at rampant internet and garage-area gossip mongers today, telling reports that, “My health is my business.’’
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Sunday that the Fed Ex Toyota driver would not compete in the Auto Club 400 due to sinus-related vision problems. After four days of uninformed and sometimes malicious speculation, JGR revealed this week that Hamlin’s malady was no more serious than a sliver of metal in his eye.
Hamlin said the metal was removed from his eye on Monday, but that rust surrounding the wound could not be extracted until it hardened two days later.
“I didn’t want to be speaking out of line and not know exactly what I’m talking about,’’ said Hamlin. “We didn’t know until Wednesday. I don’t need to justify a lot to a lot of people. The important people are NASCAR and my team guys.
“My health is my business.’’
Hamlin is a former Martinsville winner
Hamlin then lambasted rumors that his absence from last Sunday’s race was due to a more serious medical condition, or even drugs.
“People who think negatively of me, or think we sidestepped (a) drug test is ridiculous,” he said. “I’m in one of the top three cars. I would have to be an absolute moron... to risk that. I have a daughter I have to provide for, for a long time. For people to question who I am -- inside and outside the race car -- I’ve never done anything to put that in question.”
Hamlin said that while he is a public personality, he does not deserve the sort of harmful scrutiny he received this week.
“I go to Bobcat games,” he said. “I go out and hang out with friends in public. I don’t stay tucked in my motorhome (and) I don’t stay tucked into my house. It’s not what I like to do. Because I’m out there a little bit, people think I go out and I party.
“I don’t drink hardly at all (and) I’ve never done drugs. I’m as clean as they come. I don’t know why people question who I am outside the racetrack, because I worked too hard to get here… to throw it all away.
“If anyone has any questions about that, they can ask me directly.”
He then threw down a bold prediction for Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway, saying, “I’m going to win it this weekend. I promise you that.’’


  1. How do we, as fans, get the right to demand to know his health status? We don't. It is none of our business. Other drivers in NASCAR, yes, fans, NO! I have a personal question for the Dinger but, I never ask it as it's none of my DAMN business!

  2. Anonymous5:10 PM

    His health is nobody's business but when it comes to his sight I can understand why the drivers are concerned because he will be on the racetrack with 42 of them

    1. Anonymous8:07 PM

      I don't think the other drivers were the source of the chatter and speculation.

  3. Sounds like someone just poked the bear. Great for the fans. Not so good for the competition. I believe Denny... including the part where he promises a win. Amen brother!!

  4. Anonymous7:10 PM

    Not a fan of his but he is right to some point but he always seems to have a crappy attitude and doesn't handle himself well with stress or when things start to fall apart with the team and they always seem too no matter how well they run for awhile.

  5. Geosez7:22 PM

    A lot of the speculation and rumors could have been slowed (never stopped, unfortunately) if the information about the sliver of metal had been shared on Monday when it was removed.

  6. It's just difficult trying to imagine the metal in his eye let alone rust forming...ick