Denny Hamlin Says Martin Truex Told Him ‘I Lost My Mind’ At Richmond

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Truex and Hamlin lined up on the front row for overtime at Richmond. (NASCAR via Getty Images)

It was a teammate tussle.

Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin lined up side by side for an overtime restart at Richmond Raceway on Sunday night that led to a little controversy.

Hamlin was in the lead and appeared to jump the restart, although NASCAR determined that he didn’t, and then pushed Truex wide into Turn 1.


Truex had dominated the race during regular time with 228 laps led and was in front with two laps to go when the final yellow came out.

After the race he angrily ran his car into the back of Hamlin’s and said he “used me up” and didn’t give him a chance.

Whatever Hamlin did wasn’t as apparent as his quick restart, and he said during his “Actions Detrimental” podcast on Tuesday that he texted Truex about the incident.

Hamlin said, “I asked, ‘am I missing something of why you’re so upset?'”

He paraphrased Truex’s response as, “no, we’re all good, I just lost my mind.”

Truex also got into a shoving match with Kyle Larson’s car on the last lap.

“It’s painful, it sucks a**,” Hamlin said about what Truex was going through.

“You do everything right and something out of your control takes you out.”

Truex has not yet commented on his conversation with Hamlin.