Hamlin Drops Appeal But Won't Pay Fine

Denny Hamlin

"After a lot of thought I have decided not to appeal the fine NASCAR has issued." (Photo: Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin will not appeal the $25,000 penalty NASCAR handed down last week for his post-Phoenix race comments but reiterated he will not pay the fine.

NASCAR released a statement on Thursday outlining Hamlin's decision not to appeal the sanction, which read:

"NASCAR announced today that the $25,000 fine assessed to driver Denny Hamlin on March 7 will be settled per Section 12-3 of the 2013 NASCAR rule book after being informed by Hamlin that he will not appeal the penalty. Hamlin was fined after the sanctioning body determined he had violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing). NASCAR considers this matter closed."

However, while NASCAR may consider the matter closed, Hamlin does not.

The embattled driver released a statement of his own via Twitter on Thursday:

"After a lot of thought I have decided not to appeal the fine NASCAR has issued. Dragging myself, my team and NASCAR through the mud for the next 2 weeks would not be good for anyone. I firmly believe I am in the right on this issue and will stand behind my decision not to pay. I understand NASCAR will do what they feel is necessary based on my decision. Thanks to all of my fans and peers who have supported me in this decision. I look forward to putting it to rest."

As for what "NASCAR will do" to Hamlin, there appear to be a pair of options. The sanctioning body can either choose to suspend the driver for a race or the $25,000 fine could be taken from Hamlin's future race earnings.

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