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Earnhardt Weighs In On Hamlin/Fontana Issue


Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was very vocal this past week in regards to fellow driver Denny Hamlin’s departure from the race last weekend at the Auto Club Speedway. Earnhardt had made comments wanting more information on what was going on, fearing that rumors might hurt Hamlin’s credibility.

He touched on the topic Friday with reporters at the Martinsville Speedway, site of today’s STP 500.

“I feel real comfortable with the process and I just was worried.  I thought that the lack of a statement from Denny’s point of view left him vulnerable and unprotected.  I just felt like it was important for him to have a very simple statement that sort of cleared up any kind of assumptions or whatever you have for him personally.  That was good I thought on his behalf to be able to do that as quickly as he could.  I feel great about the process and what NASCAR has had in place for years.  I feel like they bring in the best people from that region that have the best connections to those hospitals in that region. If I’m in trouble I know I’m going to be somewhere where I can get taken care of very quickly.  NASCAR has a team that travels and has all the information on our health and it’s updated weekly if it needs to be.  I like the system that we have in place. I feel like it’s adequate and I’m happy Denny is cleared and ready to race this weekend.”

Earnhardt will start deep in the field today, 26th, and will look to score his second win of the 2014 season. The STP 500 gets underway on FOX at 1 PM EST.