NASCAR drivers continue to stir the pot following aggression
Two weeks ago, NASCAR raced on the road course of Circuit of the Americas. The event brought drama to the NASCAR garage.
A lack of respect and an uptick of aggression sent the race into triple overtime. On each restart, multiple cars were involved in turn 1 contact.
In one of those cases, Ross Chastain shoved Alex Bowman into Daniel Suarez, spinning him out.
After the race, Daniel Suarez stayed in the gas. On his cool down lap, Suarez was charging through the field. He was in search of both Alex Bowman and his own teammate, Ross Chastain.
Suarez caught up to both drivers just as he reached the pit lane. He first gave Chastain a shove. Then, he caught the bumper of Alex Bowman.
Suarez gave Bowman a shot. Bowman responded by giving him a brake check, resulting in more contact.
In the days that followed, Suarez was handed a fine for contact on the pit lane after the race.
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The COTA incident was the latest of many for Ross Chastain. The driver has a long list of drivers mad at him following aggression on the track.
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Kyle Busch: COTA post-race
You likely didn’t catch this comment after COTA…
Kyle Busch spoke on the aggression at COTA. He also noted that he picked the inside on the restarts, specifically so he wasn’t pushed off the track into turn one.
As he was speaking with reporters, Ross Chastain walked up beside him. As he approached, Kyle Busch pointed at Chastain and said, “Somebody else that doesn’t know anything about clean, over here.”
Kyle Busch jokes that Ross Chastain might need glasses
“Last week, looking at the Suarez incident, Chastain dove it in, like anybody would and ran into the back of the guy who ran into the back of Suarez,” Kyle Busch said a week later from the Richmond Raceway media center.
“It wasn’t malicious intent for the No. 1 to hit the No. 99. It just happened that way through a chain reaction.”
“Maybe I hit somebody with my front end going into the corner. But, I think you can do a pretty good job of knowing where your stuff’s at.”
“Maybe he needs glasses? I don’t know,” Kyle Busch joked.
“I started wearing them this year. And I see way better.”
Kyle Busch comments after getting spun by Ross Chastain (2022)
Ross Chastain reacts to the glasses comment
It’s worth noting that the context of Busch’s comments were not relayed to Chastain.
“I would recommend that he come mention that to me,” Ross Chastain told Bob Pockrass.
“He doesn’t need to — He can say it wherever he wants but he’s never said anything to me. So, I wouldn’t know it.”
Daniel Suarez commented on the penalty
“We were running below 20mph. It was very very slow,” Daniel Suarez stated.
“Also, the No. 48 car was brake checking me. There was one official there and it was wrong.”
“I was not expecting anything,” Suarez said of the fine. “But, it is what it is. It’s not right what I did.”
Suarez runs into Alex Bowman and Ross Chastain after COTA race (Video)
NASCAR team attempted to talk Daniel Suarez out of retaliation (Video)
Kyle Busch says Ross Chastain might need glasses
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