Denny Hamlin: "I was severely disrespected by NASCAR"

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In a statement he posted on Twitter, Denny Hamlin says NASCAR "disrespected" him by fining him $25,000.

Denny Hamlin will be appealing his $25,000 fine and reiterated his belief that he did not nothing wrong in voicing his opinion on the performance of the Gen-6 car, he said in a statement posted Thursday night on Twitter.

NASCAR earlier Thursday had announced that Hamlin was being fined for making "disparaging remarks" following Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Following NASCAR's ruling, Hamlin met with reporters gathered at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was adamant that he would not be paying the fine and didn't care if NASCAR suspended him.

The full text of Hamlin's statement can be found below:

"The short of the long of it is I believe I was severely disrespected by NASCAR by getting fined. I believe that the simple fact of us not even having a conversation about this issue before I was hit with a fine has something to say about our relationship. What I said was 1 sentence taken completely out of context. Most drivers will tell you that we constantly have our AND nascars best interest in mind when speaking. On the other hand I am a person that worked very hard from the BOTTOM to get where I am today and someone telling me that I can give my 100 percent honest opinion really bothers me. Since being fined in 2010 I have been a lot more careful about what I say to media and I felt this past weekend felt completely in my rights to give a assessment of the question asked. I feel as if today NASCAR lost one of its biggest supporters vocally of where our sport is headed. So in the end there are no winners. I said today I would not pay the fine. I stand by that and will go through the process of appealing. Trust me, this is not about the money. It's much deeper. I will now shift my focus on giving FedEx and my team what they deserve this weekend, a win."

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