Sunday, May 28, 2023

Video: Ross Chastain Punts Denny Hamlin While Battling at Beginning of Stage 2 at Gateway

Ross Chastain popped the rear of Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 car in turn 1 on lap 66 of Sunday’s race at Gateway, sending Hamlin into the wall.

UPDATE #3: Denny Hamlin got his third payback of the day on Ross Chastain as Chastain was on the damage clock from the caution before. Chastain needed to make minimum speed in three green flag laps in order to continue on in the race. Hamlin did his best to get Chastain parked, but he ultimately failed.

UPDATE #2: A few laps after his first attempt at retaliation, Denny Hamlin found himself in a position to impact Ross Chastain’s day yet again. And he took it.

Hamlin pinned Chastain between he and Austin Cindric. As Chastain attempted to pass Hamlin, Hamlin came to a near stop in front of Chastain, causing Chastain to lose massive amounts of time.

UPDATE #1: Denny Hamlin took a swipe at Ross Chastain on the backstretch and nearly exacted his revenge in quick order. However, the attempt failed.


Ross Chastain spent the entirety of Stage 1 of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWT Raceway at Gateway trying to get around Denny Hamlin for fourth spot.

Chastain could not pull off the pass. But at the start of Stage 2, Chastain used the chrome horn and shoved Hamlin into turn 1 on lap 66. The shove sent Hamlin hard into the outside wall, which broke his toe link.

Here is video of the incident:

Hamlin’s team was able to get the toe link replaced on pit road and met minimum speed on the next restart. As such, Hamlin is still in the race.

While the final repairs were being done, Hamlin’s team said on the radio, “Put the tire on and go destroy that mother fucker.”

So, there’s a chance we haven’t seen the end of this rivalry for today.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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