Updated at: 03/09/2013 9:39 PM
(AP) LAS VEGAS - Joe Gibbs is standing by Denny Hamlin in the driver’s appeal of his $25,000 NASCAR fine.
But the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing doesn’t have much more to say about the dispute over Hamlin’s penalty for criticizing the Gen-6 race car.
After watching fellow JGR driver Kyle Busch finish second in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, Gibbs said he has talked to Hamlin about the brouhaha.
"We’ve been talking all along," Gibbs told reporters. "We’re keeping our communication open with NASCAR, too. We’ll just go through a process here and work our way through it."
Gibbs clammed up after that, referring everybody to his organization’s statement that it would support Hamlin.
Hamlin is allowed to drive while appealing the fine, which he says he won’t pay. NASCAR could take the fine out of his winnings.
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