The appeals panel has elected to uphold the penalty to Denny Hamlin after contact with Ross Chastain
In the closing laps at Phoenix Raceway, Denny Hamlin doored Ross Chastain and shoved him in the outside wall. The incident between the latest in a long list of contact made between the two drivers.
NASCAR initially viewed the contact as a racing incident. However, a day later, Hamlin used his podcast to discuss the contact.
On the podcast, Hamlin admitted the contact was on purpose. He noted that he was leveling the score from a past incident in The Clash.
Denny Hamlin admits retaliation on Ross Chastain at Phoenix (Video)
After the race, the two drivers had a lengthy conversation. And, it appears they have agreed to end their feud.
“I guess I deserved that,” Ross Chastain basically stated according to Hamlin.
Hamlin was issued a $50,000 fine. He was also handed a deduction of 25 driver points in the championship standings.
NASCAR Rule Book: (Sections 4.4) Member Code of Conduct
NASCAR noted section B&D, “B. Attempting to manipulate the outcome of the race or championship and wrecking or spinning another vehicle, whether or not that vehicle is removed from competition as a result. D. Actions NASCAR finds to be detrimental to stock racing or NASCAR.”
On Thursday, the appeals panel heard his case. They have elected to uphold the penalty as written.
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Hamlin has the option to send his case to the final appeals officer.
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