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Denny Hamlin stood in the infield at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum watching the NASCAR Cup Series’ second last-chance qualifying race as a car owner in a driver’s suit.

When he competed in the earlier Clash at the Coliseum qualifier, the 17-year veteran was fine.
Just another day at the office.

But as a minority partner of 23XI Racing, he anxiously watched both of his investments turn hard-edged laps at the quarter-mile track.

The three-time Daytona 500 titleholder wasn’t fine. Not at all.

Denny Hamlin stood in LA Coliseum infield acting like ‘backseat driver’ 

As part owner, Hamlin looked tense in LA on Feb. 6.

“I’m nervous,” he told Fox Sports during the race. “I’m way more nervous than when I’m driving it. When I’m driving it, I can control what I want to do. When you’re watching, you’re out of control.

“I’m trying to backseat drive.”

With co-owner Michael Jordan, Hamlin’s team went 1-for-2. Bubba Wallace, who has a lot to prove to Jordan this season, made the Clash main event, but Busch failed.

To further frustrate Hamlin, the executive, Wallace was a non-factor during the highly-rated Clash at the Coliseum.
As a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, Hamlin has yet to find his Next Gen groove.

During the Gen-6 era, Hamlin captured three Harley J. Earl Trophies.

Should Hamlin be worried?

Considering how strong Hendrick Motorsports looked during the single-car qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16, should the entire industry be concerned? Hendrick earned four of the top five spots.

Defending series champion Kyle Larson (181.159 mph) earned the pole, and he’ll be joined by teammate Alex Bowman (181.046) on the outside of the front row.

Hamlin placed eighth at 179.723. He’s still the odds-on favorite to win “The Great American Race” on Feb. 20, according to Odds Shark.

Hamlin: ‘I just think I have a good understanding of the air here and how it moves around the walls’  

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NASCAR Cup Series driver and co-owner Denny Hamlin speaks to the media during 64th Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Florida | James Gilbert/Getty Images

With three Daytona 500 titles over the past six years (2016, 2019, 2020), Hamlin is among the all-time greats at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Moving out of the Gen-6 cars and into Next Gen machines, will Hamlin maintain his Daytona touch?

Over the past four Daytona 500s, Hamlin has only placed in the top five each outing. But compared to Hendrick Motorsports, Hamlin looked slow as a driver – and an owner.

Wallace (179.297) placed 16th in qualifying, and Busch (178.98) was 25th.

Speaking at NASCAR’s Media Day on Feb. 16, Hamlin described his Daytona advantage over the past decade.

“I just think I have a good understanding of the air here and how it moves around the walls,” he said, reported by “… Here, there is just something about – whatever it is – the banking or the width of the track, height of the walls or something that I just kind of know where those little pockets of air are it seems like that are a little bit better.”

Hamlin still searching for Next Gen car groove 

With the Next Gen models, NASCAR officials intended to introduce driver parity back into stock car racing. Hendrick Motorsports’ qualifying dominance aside, most insiders anticipate additional mid-level drivers will challenge more lead-lap positions in 2022. 

As teams tested the Next Gen cars over the past few years, Hamlin has viewed the sessions as a driver and an owner.   

“We have a new car now and it’s going to move around a little bit different and we will probably be learning just like everyone else will be this weekend,” Hamlin said. “I don’t know that the advantage really will be as big as what it was in the past.” 

If an advantage can be found, look for Hamlin to exploit it somehow. Someway.

Vegas is betting on it.

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RELATED: Michael McDowell Enters Daytona 500 Defense With Rookie Crew Chief, ‘Hope’ 

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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