The way Denny Hamlin sees it, he has made his point.
Despite deciding not to appeal NASCAR's penalty over remarks made following the race at Phoenix International Raceway -- and the fact that the $25,000 will be paid to the sanctioning body -- Hamlin feels like he came out ahead overall.
"The biggest thing is I think that we won in the judge of the people and their opinion," Hamlin said on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, a day after NASCAR released a statement saying the penalty will be settled. "I think some of the peers of mine, at least the ones that have a backbone and had the nerve to stick up for what they know is right and wrong, agreed. But what was the point in going another week or so?
"We've got bigger fish to fry than to argue over what I said just for $25,000. It's better to just move on and let NASCAR get its credibility back and they're going to do that and I'm going to move on and just focus on a championship."
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was penalized for stat...