NASCAR reacts to Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott incident

NASCAR Executive VP: “We’re not in the business of calling an in-race penalty”

Moments ago, NASCAR called in to discuss the drama filled race at Martinsville Speedway.

Steve O’Donnell

“Well, certainly what Chase was able to do — in an attempt to win his first race there,” Steve O’Donnell opens up the discussion via Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

“I think you saw how much he has a fan base. How how much everybody wants to see him win.”

The fans erupted in boo’s as Denny Hamlin conducted his post-race interview over the loud speaker. Alternatively, the crowd erupted in with cheers, moments later, for Chase Elliott’s interview.

Denny Hamlin wrecks Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin wrecks Chase Elliott

“Denny I think did, in his mind, what he needed to do and probably went to far. We did not make a call there. That race stands. We’re not in the business of calling an in-race penalty, post-race.”

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“That was good hard racing, for the most part, all day at Martisnville. I think Denny might have crossed the line, as he put out there on twitter.”

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“Chase handled himself very well, post-race. He showed some passion. That’s what the sports all about. He’s got a long career ahead of him.”

After the race, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott made contact down the back straight-away. It was light contact. The window net was down and the belts might or might not have been loose.

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Did NASCAR talk about the post-race incident?

“Not really,” Steve O’Donnell tells Pete Pistone.

“You’re at a short track, not at speed. It’s one of those things that we looked at. We had the Austin Dillon thing in the past. But, for us, that was just part of Martinsville.”

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In other words… No penalties or fines are expected from the Denny Hamlin incident.


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