Hamlin, Petty's dispute heats up

Associated Press
Denny Hamlin (above) got into an argument with Kyle Petty after the drivers were involved in a crash in Sunday's race.

DOVER, Del. - Denny Hamlin not only crashed Kyle Petty during Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400, he berated him after the race.

Hamlin, who's competing for the Nextel Cup championship, closed quickly on Petty's Dodge on the 205th lap, then knocked him into the frontstretch wall. Both cars were heavily damaged, and that set up a confrontation in the garage area as their teams tried to make repairs.

Replays seemed to defend Petty's claim that Hamlin was of control. Hamlin's crew chief, Mike Ford, told Hamlin a couple times before the accident to calm down, once telling is driver to think about the "big picture."

Hamlin, who finished in 38th, continued to blame Petty.

"The biggest thing is that I know Kyle gets run over a lot and a lot of the reason is that he's so far off the pace," he said.

PIT STOPS: Wood Brothers/JTG Racing will divide the driving duties in their famed No. 21 Ford next year between Jon Wood, grandson of team founder Glen Wood, and Busch Series rookie Marcos Ambrose. The team said additional drivers may be used ... Red Bull said despite a disappointing year, its two-car operation with drivers Brain Vickers and A.J. Allmendinger will remain with Toyota in 2008.

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