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NASCAR Driver Apologizes For His "Offensive" Tweet

Denny Hamlin close up.

LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - JULY 18: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2021 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin received a lot of backlash for his recent post on Twitter. He tweeted a clip from the show “Family Guy” that involves an Asian driver cutting off cars without signaling.

Hamlin's post had Kyle Larson's name superimposed over the driver in this clip. That was his way of trying to poke fun at Larson, who caused a crash on Sunday during the Geico 500.

Countless people called out Hamlin for posting such an "insensitive" and "offensive" clip on Twitter. It's important to note that Larson's mother is Asian-American.

On Monday night, Hamlin issued an apology for posting that clip from "Family Guy."

"I took down a post I made earlier today after reading some of the comments," Hamlin tweeted. "It was a poor choice of memes and I saw how it was offensive. It came across totally wrong. I apologize."

It's possible NASCAR disciplines Hamlin for his actions.

NASCAR's Rule Book states: "NASCAR Members shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition."