Following the Cup race in Atlanta last weekend Denny Hamlin said he’s “reached his peak” with Trackhouse Racing driver Ross Chastain after contact from Chastain wrecked Hamlin.
Chastain, who finished second Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, said in his post-race not to compare the Atlanta contact with their incident June 5 at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., co-owner of JR Motorsports in a recent episode on his podcast Dirty Mo Download backed Ross Chastain saying “I don’t want Ross to change”
Dale Jr admitted that he has picked a side.
“i don’t want ross to change as a broadcaster, interviewer ross makes them interesting he makes the races interesting.” Said Dale Jr.
“Yeah i know i got to pick a side don’t want him to change because it makes our broadcast interesting and it creates story lines i cannot wait i think that somebody will do something i don’t know if it’ll be Denny but i think somebody will he’ll be on the other end of this.” Earnhardt Jr. added
“Everybody is right he’s not immune he’s he’ll be he’ll get turned around somewhere somebody make a mistake or get into him or do something even intentional maybe and i’ll be interested to watch his reaction and i hope that it’s anger right i hope that it’s frustration”
Ross Chastain gets into Denny Hamlin AGAIN.
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Last season around this time Ross Chastain was in his first full season on the NASCAR Cup Circuit seeking his first victory.
“For Denny’s sake hope he does do something right he’s kind of been put in a position and backed against the wall to where gosh you got to do something! right doesn’t he.” He concluded
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Denny Hamlin was outside of Chastain 14 laps from the finish when Chastain came up and clipped Denny No. 11 Toyota Camry in the left rear. The contact sent Hamlin sliding down the front stretch and in front of the field.
Ross Chastain earned his first victory at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas few months ago in March.