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Denny Hamlin is Being Himself Like NASCAR Wants—But Fans Don’t Like It

Since the death of Dale Earnhardt NASCAR fans have longed for a driver that had a take no prisoners attitude. A driver that could back up his talk on the racetrack and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. Tony Stewart has said he doesn’t want that role; he doesn’t want to be the go-to guy in the garage. And after his comments a few years ago about NASCAR and his subsequent sit down with the top dogs, seems he’s sticking to that. Nearing the end of the 2009 season it seemed the perfect driver had emerged in Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin. The only problem was that Hamlin’s new attitude was met with a different result than Earnhardt’s. While Earnhardt was praised, and sometimes criticized, for his rough and tumble nature, Hamlin ha...

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