It’s not often you see an athlete race away from a trophy.
But that was the case Sunday for Denny Hamlin after he won the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The track in Loudon, New Hampshire, presents all of its Cup winners with a live lobster as its trophy.
Hamlin isn’t a fan of lobsters.
After posing with the large crustacean for pictures, Hamlin handed it to crew chief Mike Wheeler, who then proceeded to come at Hamlin with the lobster facing him stomach first.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver scrambled away as quickly as he could.
“I have a lobster phobia,” Hamlin told NBCSN. “I have no other phobias, really. I can’t sit next to a person at dinner if they’re eating lobster.”
Watch the above video to see Hamlin’s reaction.
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It was only a matter of time.
Pocono Raceway, the three-turn track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, has a fox mascot named “Tricky.”
Saturday morning, during the first round of Xfinity Series qualifying at the “Tricky Triangle,” a very real fox was found hanging out on the fronstretch next to the inside wall.
The creature put a halt to qualifying festivities as track workers prepared to try and capture it. But before they could take action, the fox darted inside the SAFER barrier, thwarting a large group of workers who milled about trying to coax the fox out.
Eventually, workers covered the openings in the SAFER barrier with a net and bags of oil absorbent to keep the fox in place until later.
Of course, as a result of all this the Pocono Raceway Twitter account had to have some fun with the fortuitous incident.
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