NASCAR driver Ross Chastain wrecked Denny Hamlin for the second time this season; Hamlin comments as their troubles continue
On Sunday, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted the NASCAR Cup Series. A new rules package brought pack racing and a tight field of cars to the reshaped 1.54-mile oval.
Watch the video of the NASCAR crash at Atlanta Motor Speedway below.
Early in the race, Ross Chastain got into the bumper of Martin Truex Jr. As Truex Jr spun, he collected multiple cars.
Truex Jr and Chastain both hit the pit lane for repairs. They were able to continue.
Meanwhile, Austin Dillon was highly frustrated with Chastain. Dillon stated, “Looks like we were just a casualty of Ross Chastain, once again.”
With repairs, Chastain climbed back to the front of the field. With just 15 laps to go, he got tight under Denny Hamlin. As he pushed up the banking, he tagged Hamlin in the left rear. Hamlin went around.
Hamlin’s crew told their driver, “Yeah, he just came up the hill and wrecked you both. I can’t tell you more without looking at traces and studying for an hour. The bottom line is, no lesson learned he just came up the hill and wrecked ya.”
Hamlin and Chastain have a history. In early June, Chastain put Hamlin in the wall at WWT Raceway. As Hamlin’s car was highly injured, he proceeded to make Chastain’s day hell as Hamlin blocked him, every time Chastain came around to lap him.
Ross Chastain comments after Atlanta
After multiple incidents, Chastain took his repaired machine back to the front of the field. At the end of the race, he had a chance to grab his 3rd win of the season.
“I took the best car here and I tore it up a couple times,” Chastain stated.
“We had a shot. I got inside of the No. 9 coming off turn two and the caution came out. Hope everybody’s alright back there. Awesome job by Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports. I really thought I was going to push him to the win.”
Chastain is locked into the playoffs.
Denny Hamlin comments after getting turned by Chastain at Atlanta
Yet, Hamlin had another horrible day off the front bumper of Chastain. Hamlin already owed him one, now he owes him another one.
“It all works out in the end,” Hamlin said of where things go with Chastain from here.
“I said my piece the first time around. And, you know, nothing has really changed this time.”
“I made sure I gave him plenty of room. I think that Ross saw that we were going to clear. Yeah, just bad day for us.”
“Things just work themselves out, in the end. We certainly aren’t cutting any breaks, going forward.”
Hamlin added, “As a driver, you make decisions. Eventually, you gotta pay for those decisions. Whatever happens in the future, happens. We’re going to be racing each other pretty hard here, for the rest of the year.”
“It’s all on whatever level I’m willing to take,” Hamlin told Dustin Long of if Chastain has crossed the line too many times.
“It’s just another unfortunate circumstance for him. Everyone has there different tolerance levels.”
“As you guys know, I’ve reached my peak.”
Hamlin was again asked what he would do about his situation with Chastain.
He vaguely added, “It all works itself out in the in.”
Hamlin is also locked into the playoffs. Both drivers are set to race for a championship. Hamlin has stated previously that he’ll retaliate when it means the most.