Denny Hamlin: Danica And I Are Great

Last February, Denny Hamlin and Danica Patrick got into a heated confrontation at Daytona International Speedway, as Patrick accused Hamlin of making her spin out of control during a qualifying race.

The two drivers have since buried their beef and are on good terms.

“We’re great,” Hamlin said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We went on vacation together. We all took a cruise out in the Mediterranean. That’s the toughest part about having disagreement with someone that you like on and off the race track. It’s really hard to argue like a gentleman, and you have to when you’re arguing with Danica. If it was a guy competitor, of course those exchanges would probably be a little bit different. You go to respect her one way or another.”

Hamlin, 35, won the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona this past Saturday. He is seeking to become the first driver since 2000 to win both the Sprint and the Daytona 500, which is this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Hamlin isn’t worried about breaking a curse that has stood for 15 years.

“I’m not,” he said. “We can break that curse at any moment.”

Hamlin is a driver for Job Gibbs Racing, which is fitting given that Hamlin is a Redskins fan and Gibbs led the franchise to three Super Bowl titles.

Hamlin is optimistic that the Redskins will sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal.

“I would think he’s earned his way there,” Hamlin said. “I grew up in Virginia, so I was always a Washington fan. It’s been a tough few years for us, but it’s good to see we got a good stable quarterback in Kirk Cousins.”

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