Wreck - Fight - Fan

Did you see the finish (and aftermath) at Martinsville on Sunday? Denny Hamlin was determined to get Chase Elliott out of the way with just a couple of laps left

Denny Hamlin puts the bumper to Chase Elliott

Denny Hamlin takes the bumper to Chase Elliott with four laps to go, and the No. 24 goes into the wall to bring out the caution.

After the race, Chase decided to deal with Denny.

Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott get face to face, exchange words

Following their late-race contact, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott exchange words at Martinsville Speedway.

And then a fan (who looks like a mountain man) confronted Denny in the pit lane

NASCAR Chase Elliot fan wants to fight Denny Hamlin at Martinsville playoffs 2017

Uploaded by DARREN4 FAN on 2017-10-29.

So about an hour after ALL this happened - Hamlin went on his social media channels and apologized to Chase and his fans

"I've raced nearly 10,000 races since I was seven," the post read. "Today was the first time I've ever spun the leader. I regret the outcome because it was not intentional the way it turned out, but I'm responsible for my own car and take the blame.

"Nothing I say now can turn back the clock but it's a life lesson and hope no kids out there who aspire to race thinks that's the way you should do it. It's becoming normal in our sport now and I hate that I'm in the discussion as a guilty party, but I'll move on and hope Chase (Elliott), his team and fans will accept my apology."

 

Rubbing is racing. But this was crazy. Good on Denny for owning it -- still doesn't change the outcome.