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Denny Hamlin receives loudest boos at All-Star race

Denny Hamlin with a serious look

Mar 20, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin may have been the betting favorite to win Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race, but he was the furthest thing from a fan favorite.

Fans greeted the Joe Gibbs Racing driver with a chorus of boos when he was introduced to the fans at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Wilkesboro, N.C.

The fan reaction Hamlin received could not have been more different from that of Kyle Larson. The Hendrick Motorsports driver received a massive applause during his introduction.

Hamlin earned himself the 11th spot following qualifying. Larson, who won last year’s All-Star race, got the 12th spot right next to Larson.

Hamlin did have a few supporters in attendance. The 43-year-old showed he was a true man of the people by rewarding one young fan of his with some free merchandise.

Hamlin has been outstanding in the NASCAR Cup Series this season. The 2015 All-Star race winner has racked up 447 points and 3 race wins. He ranks third in the standings behind Larson and Martin Truex Jr. respectively.

Hamlin is also the lone driver to hold a lead in all 13 races so far this season. His 607 laps led trails just Larson’s 649.

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