Denny Hamlin Sep 25, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) next to his car before the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR great Denny Hamlin didn’t hold back any punches recently when talking about the Next Gen cars that are being used in races now.

Hamlin criticized NASCAR officials about the use of these cars given the number of drivers who have been injured in accidents while driving them.

“I know a lot of young guys are just happy to be here, but they ain’t going to be happy when their brains are scrambled for the rest of their lives,” Hamlin said Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin is not the only driver speaking out as Chase Elliott has also said how “disappointed” he was “that we put ourselves in the box that we’re in.” Kevin Harvick has shared his feelings on the matter, blaming “crappy-a** parts” in the cars.

NASCAR so far hasn’t responded to Hamlin nor Elliott.

Alex Bowman was the second driver this season to miss a race due to concussion-like symptoms. Bowman crashed last week at Texas Motor Speedway and suffer concussion-like symptoms.

Hamlin thinks the cars need to be fixed.

“The car needs to be redesigned,” he said. “It needs a full redesign. It can still be called Next Gen, but it needs to be redesigned.

“It needs to be redesigned everywhere. Front, middle, rear, competition, the whole thing needs to be redesigned. We’ve got a tough Martinsville race coming up. It’s going to be tough. This thing is just going to get exposed about how bad it races. That’s just a part of it. Competition and safety, we’d like to have it all better, but certainly, we just took a step back in safety and competition this year.”

How does Hamlin think this can happen? New leadership. And how does Hamlin think NASCAR has gotten to this point? Bad leadership.

{Dustin Long}

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