Kyle Larson calls out close friend Denny Hamlin for being a hypocrite

Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin share a good friendship and rivalry.

Kyle Larson calls out close friend Denny Hamlin for being a hypocrite

Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin (Credits: Getty)

The Kyle LarsonDenny Hamlin battle from last Sunday’s Kansas Cup race was one of the fine exhibitions of how exciting the Next-Gen cars make the Cup races. It was a refreshing experience for fans as the season has also witnessed some underwhelming races. The race ended with Hamlin bumping Larson to the wall to take the win on the final lap.


The HMS and JGR drivers are best friends off the track, but their relationship has never stopped them from racing hard on the track. They have also never shied away from criticizing each other when necessary. The No:5 HMS driver, in his recent appearance in the High Limit Room podcast, discussed the incident. He said that Denny Hamlin is sometimes hypocritical regarding his opinions on hard racing.

I guess the only thing that I get frustrated with on his deal, his podcast, he says I race a certain way, but I’ve never had to reach out to him to apologize about anything. I’ve wrecked off his front bumper more than a few times now. That’s just the frustrating part, I guess,” Kyle Larson said.

He previously pointed out that he has no issues with the Kansas incident, as he would have done the same at the moment. He said, “That was a bummer. I’m not mad at him. I don’t think there’s a reason to be mad at him. We were racing aggressively on the last lap, and it’s for a win. He was way faster than me,”.


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Kyle Larson has an awkward feeling about fans wanting him and Denny Hamlin to be enemies  

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Larson has pointed out that he doesn’t have any awkwardness in interacting with Hamlin after the incident. But he said he feels weird about fans wanting them to be enemies. He added that it’s better to separate racing and friendship as it improves the racing.

Between me and Denny, no, I don’t think so. I think what’s awkward for me is that everybody expects me to be mad at him. And I should no longer be friends with the guy because he got into me. That’s what’s just awkward for me. I think I do a good job of separating racing from friendship stuff, and I think that’s how it should be,” Larson said.