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LAS VEGAS — On the Tuesday after the marathon NASCAR season ended, Denny Hamlin opened Twitter and asked fans to give drivers a little bit of a break.

“Unless you travel every week on the @NASCAR schedule, you are not allowed to countdown the days until @DISupdates,” Hamlin said, referring to February’s Daytona 500.

Since then, fans have done the opposite of what Hamlin asked. The replies to his account show fans reminding him every day how many days remain until the Daytona 500, with some using the hashtag #CountdownWithDenny.

In addition, an automated Twitter account (@500Countdown) sends out a tweet at 11:11 a.m. ET every day with a picture of Hamlin and the number of days left.

USA TODAY Sports asked Hamlin on Thursday about the stir his tweet caused, but he seemed unaware of it.

“It’s the offseason,” he said. “I don’t check my timeline. … I check my notifications, but the good thing is, I don’t follow any of those people.”

Hamlin’s request might make sense to those who are on the road and away from their families for 38 weekends per year, but fans who consider NASCAR their favorite sport don't look forward to three months without racing.

So did Hamlin mind that his tweet had turned into somewhat of a meme-able moment? Not at all, he said.

“Whatever they want to do with their time,” he said with a laugh. “But it looks like it’s pretty useless.”

DENNY HAMLIN THROUGH THE YEARS

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