NASCAR to let drivers "sort it out" after Gateway incidents

NASCAR appears to be leaning toward allowing driver Ross Chastain and those angry with him following his actions in Sunday’s race at Gateway to “sort it out” themselves.

NASCAR to let drivers "sort it out" after Gateway incidents
Listen to this article

In Sunday’s inaugural race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Chastain wrecked Denny Hamlin and spun out Chase Elliott in separate incidents.

Both Hamlin and Elliott made efforts at retaliation in the laps that followed, with Hamlin repeatedly crowding or blocking Chastain. Elliott made contact with Chastain’s car at one point.

Other than offering repeated warnings to the team – particularly Hamlin’s – NASCAR officials took no action on the incidents during the race.

In an interview Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, said the sanctioning body may leave it in the drivers’ hands but continue to monitor and further developments.

“I mean, certainly we don’t like to see things like that, but … we kind of have to let them handle it on their own somewhat,” Miller said. “And what we saw, while we were annoyed by it, there was no real contact. Neither one.

“I mean, they tried to make life miserable for Ross, we all witnessed that. But at least we didn’t see a blatant take-out or anything like that. And it was obvious from Ross’ post-race comments that he’s made some mistakes out there and wants to make it right, but it’s kind of up to those guys to sort it out and how it moves forward from there.”

Chastain owned up to his mistakes on the track in an interview following the race.

“I owe half of the field an apology. Words aren’t going to fix it, so I’ll have to pay for it on the track,” he said. “I almost did today and I deserve everything that they do.”

However, several drivers on the track during the race seemed irritated NASCAR did not try to prevent retaliation from Hamlin and Elliott that could have inadvertently collected other participants.

In comments after the race and later on social media, Hamlin indicated he would likely pick another time to retaliate against Chastain on the track.

Miller said NASCAR would continue to monitor the issue but had yet to speak to any of the drivers involved.

“May have them in the trailer face to face to talk about it as we’ve done before,” he said. “We’ll discuss that situation further and decide how we’re going to move forward with it.

“We haven’t spoken to any of the parties. It’s usually better to kind of let things die down and speak to him before we hit the track again, rather than do it at the race track.

“We’ll do that if absolutely necessary, but in this situation where there was no sort of blatant take-out in retaliation, best to kind of let that calm down a bit, and then have a word with him later.”

shares
comments

Related video

Joey Logano relishes wins in "up and down" NASCAR Cup season
Previous article

Joey Logano relishes wins in "up and down" NASCAR Cup season

Next article

NASCAR at Sonoma schedule, entry list and how to watch

NASCAR at Sonoma schedule, entry list and how to watch
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Prime

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

NASCAR Cup
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Prime

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR Cup
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Prime

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his teammate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Prime

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR Cup
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of Next Gen arrival Prime

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major engine overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021