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The statement released by NASCAR says:
"NASCAR announced today that the $25,000 fine assessed to driver Denny Hamlin on March 7 will be settled per Section 12-3 of the 2013 NASCAR rule book after being informed by Hamlin that he will not appeal the penalty. Hamlin was fined after the sanctioning body determined he had violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing). NASCAR considers this matter closed."
According to rule 12-3, NASCAR can enforce a suspension or just take the fine from the purse money, which is what they will do in this instance, according to sources.
Hamlin made the following comments regarding his decision not to appeal the fine:
"After a lot of thought I have decided not to appeal the fine NASCAR has issued. Dragging myself, my team and NASCAR through the mud for the next 2 weeks would not be good for anyone. I firmly believe I am in the right on this issue and will stand behind my decision not to pay. I understand NASCAR will do what they feel is necessary based on my decision. Thanks to all of my fans and peers who have supported me in this decision. I look forward to putting it to rest."
Following the race at Phoenix, Hamlin made comments in regard to the sixth generation racecar that NASCAR found to be detrimental and said they would not stand for a driver making disparaging remarks about the product.