Racing to the octagon

DALLAS — The Final Four is not the only major sporting event in North Texas this week, with NASCAR making a stop at Texas Motor Speedway.

Driver Denny Hamlin, a North Carolina fan, was hanging out at radio row talking college basketball and auto racing with stations across the country. He also had an opinion on a debate that has been blowing up on social media.

NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick were on Twitter jokingly (we think) discussing fighting each other in a mixed martial arts bout.

UFC president Dana White entered the conversation, offering to promote the fight and the drivers ratcheted up the trash talk.

A Review-Journal reporter asked Hamlin what would happen if Harvick and Johnson actually were to fight. Hamlin was unequivocal in his response.

“Denny would kill him,” said Hamlin, who had clearly been following the story. “He trains in that stuff. Jimmie does triathlons. His only chance would be to run.”