Similar to the situation between Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott in Monday’s Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR is once again being called upon to issue a one-race suspension, in response to a driver being intentionally wrecked on track.
This week, the whistleblower is Austin Dillon, who alleges that he was intentionally crashed by Austin Cindric in the late stages of Sunday’s Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Dillon, who was forced to prematurely exit Sunday’s event as a result of the incident, spoke to members of the media after leaving the infield care center, where he discussed his displeasure towards the Team Penske driver who shares his given name.
“I was intentionally wrecked by him,” Dillon said angrily after retiring from the race. “Hooked right, just like Chase, and Denny, and Bubba’s deal. He better be suspended next week.”
The incident in question took place with 20 laps remaining in the 300-mile contest, when Dillon and Cindric made contact entering the first corner, sending the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro up the track and into the side of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Both Dillon and Stenhouse were forced to retire from the event, finishing outside the top-30, while Cindric went on to secure a 13th-place result for Team Penske in the No. 2 Ford Mustang.
In the race winner’s press conference, Richard Childress, owner of the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro that Kyle Busch drove to victory lane, matched the energy put forward by his grandson and driver, saying that Cindric did wreck the No. 3 on purpose.
“Austin [Dillon] has had some really good runs. He drove up to 10th until [Austin Cindric] wrecked him on purpose. Sort of a payback,” said Childress after the race.
For now, whether or not Cindric will be suspended for next weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway is in the hands of the sanctioning body. As usual, the sanctioning body will review the available data to make a determination on the nature of the incident.
Though, should Cindric be suspended from the next NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, it would mark the second straight week that a full-time driver is sidelined from the series.