Denny Hamlin

Star NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have been teammates for the past 15 years as members of Joe Gibbs Racing, but their time together is coming to a close as Busch is headed to Richard Childress Racing in 2023.

On Tuesday, Hamlin sent a Tweet congratulating his longtime teammate on the career move, but he also couldn’t help sneaking in a little playful jab at the end.

“Congratulations to @KyleBusch and @RCRracing. This is a great opportunity for both parties to team up and win races for years to come. Thank you Kyle for being such a great teammate for the last 15 years. Good luck on the next chapter of your career. The timing could not be better.” Hamlin said in a Tweet.

That last line “the timing could not be better” is a playful jab at Hamlin and Richard Childress Racing. The line is in reference to RCR’s response to Tyler Reddick leaving the team to join 23XI – a team partially owned by Hamlin.

“We’re proud of the success Tyler Reddick has found at Richard Childress Racing,” RCR said in a statement. “We’re focused on winning a championship in 2022 and 2023, although the timing of this announcement could not be any worse.”

The NASCAR world took note of Hamlin’s troll attempt.

With Busch joining RCR and taking over the No. 8 car, Reddick will drive a third car for the team until his move to 23XI in 2024.

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