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Burton backs Hamlin

Jeff Burton stands up for Denny Hamlin after Nationwide incident with Brad Keselowski
To Jeff Burton, there are times when it's okay to dump a fellow driver.

Burton finished third in Saturday's Ford 300 Nationwide race behind series champion Kyle Busch and runner-up Carl Edwards, but the most noteworthy action took place on lap 34, when Denny Hamlin spun Brad Keselowski as the cars exited turn four.

After the two drivers had traded shots a week earlier at Phoenix — with Hamlin spinning out of control — Hamlin promised to retaliate at Homestead and did so. After the race, he admitted the contact was intentional.

Because of the history between the drivers, Burton felt Hamlin's unilateral “police action” was justified.

“I thought Denny did the right thing,” Burton said. “When you constantly get spun out by the same car, there comes a time where you've got to put your foot down and not take it. The next time Keselowski thinks about spinning him out, he'll think about it.

“I want to be clear. I like Brad, too. I don't mean to say either one of them is a bad guy or whatever. Sometimes stuff happens. I think Brad Keselowski does a really good job, and I think he's going to be real successful in the Cup Series, too.

“Sometimes you've just got to take control and make it stop.”

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News



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gary errickson - Unregistered

November 24, 2009 6:01 PM

i feel that nascar and a hand full of drivers are trying to take what NASCAR from its roots,and that is racing. they would rather see this sport become a sissy fid event instead of the sport it used to be and that is sad. so as long as we the fans keep watching this sissy event on our tv then they will keep changing the rules to suit there pockets and the sport will be no more. so just say good-bye to the days of a Dale or Junior Johnson, or even Bush.lets watch the sissys do circles ,well not me i have gone the way of drag racing and even IRL racing. good-bye to all who bleed for nascar. dont touch me cause i bruse easy. d. hamlin,



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