Denny Hamlin celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

LOUDON, N.H. -- Denny Hamlin clawed his way to victory lane at New Hampshire.

Then he ran away from the winner's lobster.

Hamlin had no use for the championship crustacean the track awards to the winner as its trophy. Hamlin made a mad dash when he was presented with Loudon the Lobster, a 22-pound catch off New Bedford, Massachusetts.



"I've seen it and touched it for the last time," Hamlin said. "I have a lobster phobia. I don't know why. I just don't like them. I can't eat dinner if someone beside me is eating lobster. I can't look at it. So as far as I'm concerned, they need to put it back in the water and let it live."