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Denny Hamlin hears from Chase Elliott fans upset about Phoenix, offers retort

After an aggressive restart, a multi-car crash knocks playoff drivers Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott in the final stage, ending their hopes of racing in the Championship 4.

On Lap 269 last week at Phoenix, Denny Hamlin tangled with Kurt Busch, while racing for the lead. Chase Elliott was collected in the incident, all but ending his hopes of advancing to this weekend’s championship race in Miami (3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC).

Some Elliott fans criticized Hamlin for the incident.

On Tuesday Hamlin fired back, saying in a tweet: “Apparently while racing for the lead with 30 to go I thought hmm how can I end his chances, oh yea. Get hooked in the (right rear) down the straight and send Kurt down the track. That’ll get him.”

Hamlin and Elliott may have buried the hatchet following last year’s incident at Martinsville (and the payback at Phoenix). Elliott fans are much less forgiving.