Denny Hamlin Phoenix quotes

Denny Hamlin's damaged car is towed into the garage during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

How would you describe the way that you were raced by Chase Elliott?
"We had a fast car all day. We did essentially our job all day long. We put ourselves in good position. Things just didn't work there at the end."

Were you hoping your apology would prevent something like this?
"I mean, each person had their own opinion of how they do things and it just proved to the people that thought I was a bad guy that he would do the exact same thing in the same circumstances, so, I mean, you know, it's just part of racing. I got into him and he chose to retaliate, so I'm in the garage and that's the way it is. We did a great job all day. This is the best car I've had in a very long time. We just got behind on the pit stops and then that just gave those guys an opportunity to get close."

Do you blame yourself and Martinsville Speedway for not being in the Championship 4?
"Not really. I mean, no. I won't, but we'll do the best we can to go out there and win Homestead (Miami Speedway) and make sure our competition doesn't."

What ended your day?
"We got ran into the fence by the 24 (Chase Elliott) when we running up front all day. We had a bad pit stop and then we didn't really make any adjustments. Our car got really tight and we were just battling all we could to keep our track position. We weren't and we allowed out competition to get close to us."

Does this animosity end here today?
"We're just going to keep racing as hard as we can every week and try to go out there and win Homestead (Miami Speedway) and make sure our competition doesn't."

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