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NASCAR World Reacts To Denny Hamlin Punishment News

NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - APRIL 08: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota, enters his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at Martinsville Speedway on April 08, 2022 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Nascar veteran Denny Hamlin apologized for a racially insensitive tweet that he posted and then deleted on Monday night.

The tweet featured a clip from "Family Guy" that showed a female Asian driver cutting off cars without signaling. Kyle Larson's name was superimposed over the clip.

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

Larson, who's mother is Japanese American, caused a major crash during the GEICO 500 on Sunday -- cutting off Kurt Busch on the final turn of the race. The crash took out Busch and Bubba Wallace, both members of 23XI Racing: the team Hamlin co-owns.

Despite Hamlin's apology, NASCAR has issued a punishment for the driver.

“NASCAR has informed Denny Hamlin that he must complete sensitivity training and the process must be started by the end of this week,” NASCAR insider Bob Pockrass reports.

The NASCAR world took to Twitter to react to this punishment. Some are worried that NASCAR is going "soft." "How are people THIS soft?" one fan asked. "One of my favorite sports is too sensitive and that sucks," another added.

Others feel the punishment is justified.

"Good he deserves it," one wrote.

"I mean… I understand why they did it," another added.

Hamlin and Larson are reportedly good friends. Larson himself was suspended from NASCAR in 2020 for using the N-word during a live-streamed virtual racing event.