MILWAUKEE-NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin has an interesting link to Milwaukee.
After his Cup car qualified in Sonoma, he flew here. But his helicopter could not find a place to land on the Milwaukee Mile. So, the AT&T 250 Busch Series race win in 2007 was credited to Aric Almirola, even though he was taken out of the car for Hamlin.
We will let him explain the strange and incredible story.
TMJ4 News Lance Allan asked, “It was just such a crazy night. What do you recall about that now, 14, 15 years later?”
“I don’t know why the flight was delayed in the beginning. I’m not sure what happened, or why we came later,” Hamlin said. “We’re still there, or I’m on my way there to the National Anthem itself. Obviously, the track has cars parked on the helicopter pad. So the helicopter guy is like, ‘well, I have nowhere to go.’ And so we had to land 20 minutes on the road, drive, and when we got there, they were already doing pace laps to start the race.I’m like, okay, well, I just traveled all this distance for nothing .I’ll just sit in the pit box and be a cheerleader.I remember my crew chief then, Dave Rogers, sending a note saying the sponsor wanted you.I’m like, oh boy.I’m like, I don’t think so. I don’t want to do it, and they say, ‘Listen, as long as he’s in the lead, then we’ll keep him in.’ But if he beat the lead, they would pull him over, and so, he lost the lead.I think he fell in the third or something in one of the runs and they changed him to the next pit stop and I got in and leave. “
Career history and great stories flow from Wisconsin, don’t they?
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