In his media availability at Dover on Friday, Denny Hamlin went out of his way to question some of Clint Bowyer's assertions from earlier in the day during his spirited defense of his team.
In whole, Hamlin said, "Our car came back and it was correct, but it wasn’t built incorrect and that’s one thing that their car was -- was built incorrectly. You can talk about how small the thing was off and you can really try to say that 60-thousandths didn’t help him (Clint Bowyer) perform any better -- that is a crock. Let me tell you something, that helps a lot. I know when we gain five points of downforce our car runs a ton better. He wasn’t speeding on pit road by a half-a-mile per hour he was speeding by 5.5 miles-per-hour.
They give you a grace period. NASCAR has been very, very lenient I feel like on this car and they’ve given those guys chances. It’s not Richmond. I think that they should just be happy that they’re in the Chase at this point. They were warned and they were warned before Richmond. Everyone in the garage knows that. They’re the ones who wanted to press the issue and get all they could to make sure they got in the Chase. They got in it and then they were busted. They kept going with it.”