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NASCAR is one sport where a driver can find themselves in trouble for speaking out against something the organization does.
Hamlin apparently isn't as big of a fan of the Gen-6 cars as other drivers are, and when he spoke his mind about the new model, NASCAR decided to fine him.
“I don't want to be the pessimist, but it did not race as good as our generation five cars,” Hamlin said (h/t Bob Pockrass, AOL sporting news). “This is more like what the generation five was at the beginning. The teams hadn't figured out how to get the aero balance right."
After being fined, Hamlin refused to pay it.
"The truth is what the truth is." Hamlin said (h/t Jeff Gluck, USA Today). "I don't believe in this (fine), I'm never going to believe in this. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to pay the fine. If they suspend me, they suspend me. I don't care at this point."
Now, only several days before Bristol, Hamlin has decided that he won't appeal the fine.
"After a lot of thought I have decided not to appeal the fine NASCAR has issued," Hamlin said (h/t David Newton, ESPN.com)
"Dragging myself, my team and NASCAR through the mud for the next 2 weeks would not be good for anyone."
As NASCAR gets ready for Bristol, Hamlin will get ready to hopefully put this fine behind him.