(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer What a great NASCAR race that was at Las Vegas! The new Gen-6 car sure put on an amazing show, one for the ages, for sure.
That's the kind of effusive praise we should expect to hear from drivers the rest of the year, right?
Anything short of that could lead to another shut-up-and-drive fine like the one levied last week against Denny Hamlin, who was popped for $25,000 for having the audacity to give an honest answer when asked to assess NASCAR's new car after its second race.
Hamlin is digging in his heels for this fight, though, saying he'll be suspended before he'll pay the fine. In reality, he'll first go through an appeals process, and if NASCAR is smart, it will quietly make this whole mess go away.
NASCAR claims Hamlin committed one of those heinous ''actions detrimental to stock car racing'' when he politely summed up the afternoon at Phoenix with this scathing assessment: ''I don't want to be the pessimist, but...