Ross Chastain: ‘I’ve just moved my head a lot’
MADISON, Ill. – Ross Chastain shook his head and tried to understand what he had done on Sunday.
One of the most successful riders in the sport has left the World Wide Technology Raceway in disgrace. His violent temper angered Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin, which led to both retaliation.
“I’ve just run it over my head many times,” Chastain told NBC Sports on his way back to the garage after finishing eighth. “It was one thing to do it once, but I just kept going with the guys.
“I do not believe that I am so frustrated right now that I did it all over again, and I had time to stop and think it over. It turns green, and I do too. I have tried very hard to be good.
“Words can’t fix it. Apologizing doesn’t end. It’s just dangerous.”
-Dustin Long (@dustinlong) June 5, 2022
Chastain hit Hamlin’s car in the back and sent it to the wall as he ran for the sixth time on Lap 64. Hamlin lost the scrolls to repair and did not participate in any other race, finishing 11 times in the 34th.
“There seems to be no conscience there that would say I am cruel,” Hamlin told Chastain to reporters. “That is his idea. He can make any decision he wants, honestly.
She’s her boyfriend, and she’s been doing pretty well at what she’s doing. In the end, the game is self-explanatory and often if you don’t suspect them – and they mean a lot – they come back. “
Denny Hamlin said that when he returns Ross Chastain, it will make sense and when he does not expect it, you have to “block the guys hard” to listen.
More about what Hamlin said about Chastain after Gateway: pic.twitter.com/B0SCkCct6r
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 5, 2022
About 15 times after this incident, Chastain met Hamlin. In delivering the message, Hamlin lowered Chastain to the apron behind Chastain before passing.
Hamlin later banned Chastain. It came to the fore that NASCAR told the group to inform Hamlin that he had stated his case.
However, Chastain could not disappoint the drivers.
He squeezed between Austin Dillon and Elliott at the start. Chastain hit Elliott in the back left, turning Elliott and warning on Lap 103 of the 245-lap race.
Elliott stated on his organisation’s radio station: “What are they doing? He chased me and entered (Turn) 3 and chased me again. “
In the next resumption, Elliott and Hamlin were behind the field with Chastain. Elliott hit Chastain, and sent him to the wall. As Chastain stepped back onto the track, Hamlin passed by and lifted him up.
Replace my tires pic.twitter.com/XMXxIOtoqr
– Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) June 6, 2022
While Chastain inflicted himself on himself, Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks defended his driver, who has won two Cups this year.
“Honestly, I don’t think there is one thing that Ross Chastain did wrong today, there is not even one,” Marks told NBC Sports. “This is a very competitive game and you fight every inch.
“The thing is, he just joined the fifth team and the guys who are based in the winter don’t like to be a stranger there. I am super, very proud of him. I am very angry. This is what he needs to win the competition and will eventually lead him to become a NASCAR champion – his brutality is in line with his skills. “
I’m not expecting https://t.co/mvgttjy476
– Justin Marks (@JustinMarksTH) June 6, 2022
I mean you can keep stocks if you want. Not sure if it helps to eliminate extinction.
– Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) June 6, 2022
Although Chastain runs wildly, he also tries to improve at times. Kevin Harvick approached him on the crossroads after the June 27 Pocono race last year and told him that “once you leave” Chastain could have finished five times. Instead, Chastain finished 26 after meeting Christopher Bell.
Chastain coaches with former driver Josh Wise, who also works with Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman and Tyler Reddick, among others. Wise has worked closely with Chastain to determine when to strike and when to stop.
One of Wise’s tactics last year was to prevent Chastain from even saying the word “take”.
“You will never use those words again, and you will never do them on the track again,” Chastain Wise told her last year.
He did not use that word on the Sunday after the race. Instead, he said something else.
“I have a debt to apologize for half the share,” Chastain said. “Words can’t fix it, so I have to pay on the rail. I am about to do it today and I deserve everything they do. “