NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin apologizes for using Family Guy clip about Kyle Larson

Denny Hamlin has apologized to Twitter following a post from driver #11’s account to apologize to Kyle Larson. Why did Hamlin apologize to Larson?

NASCAR Cup races in Talladega typically end with a final lap where at least one car is destroyed while someone else takes the road to victory.

The longest course in the Cup at 2.66 miles, there is never a dull ending as riders try to break the timing bar first.

Sunday for the 2022 spring race was no different as Erik Jones led the field into the final lap in the legendary #43.

Things started in the tri-oval when Kyle Larson swung up the track to throw a block.

This resulted in a wreck involving both 23XI Racing cars as Ross Chastain took his second win of the season for Trackhouse Racing.

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The incident prompted Denny Hamlin to tweet a clip from Family Guy criticizing Kyle Larson.

But why was Hamlin now apologizing to Larson for using the clip?

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Hamlin was in the leading group on his #11 Joe Gibbs machine, but fuel pressure problems saw him out of contention with a handful of laps to go.

As they neared the checkered flag, the 23XI racers of Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch moved outward.

Larson, in the middle of the No. 5 Hendrick machine, then flicked right to block – but this ended with both 23XI beginners hitting the wall hard and Wallace needed a few moments to catch his breath , after climbing out of #23.

Hamlin co-owns 23XI Racing with NBA icon Michael Jordan.

On Monday April 25, Hamlin tweeted a clip of ‘Family Guy.’

Kyle Larson’s name was superimposed on the short clip where an Asian driver crosses multiple lanes causing various accidents.

Hamlin noted he found it funny as he now faces a hefty repair bill for the damage done to numbers 23 and 45.

However, the clip is considered offensive and racist towards Asians – with Larson being a Japanese-American.

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Hamlin apologizes

The tweet in question was deleted by Denny Hamlin, who apologized to Kyle Larson on Tuesday.

“I deleted a post I made today after reading some of the comments,” wrote the three-time Daytona 500 winner.

“It was a bad selection of memes… and it came across completely wrong. I apologize.”

While NASCAR itself has yet to comment on the Denny Hamlin/Kyle Larson tweet, Hamlin could be in for some sensitivity training.

As part of NASCAR’s drive for greater diversity and equality, each driver was required to complete a round of sensitivity training.

In 2021, Hamlin’s teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch, was fined and given said training after calling another driver the R-word after making it to one in the semi-final playoff eliminator late in Martinsville collision had occurred.

Both Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson are already suspended in the 2022 NASCAR Playoffs after claiming victories in Richmond and Fontana, respectively.

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