The NASCAR Officials announced in End of Verizon 200 At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ross Chastain received a 30-second penalty for using an access road instead of Turn 1 and merging back into the track in a fight with Tyler Riddick to drive. Now a fellow driver has given his weight and shown support for Chastain’s move.
Joey Logano from Team Penske He made the comments on August 2 during his “Behind the Wheel” show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. He explained that one of his fellow drivers used the access road several times during the Xfinity Series race. Lugano said he also saw Noah Gragson use this method during a previous Xfinity Series road race without receiving any penalties.
“From what I understand – and I may be wrong – but from what I understand, what they did is legal,” Lugano said on August 2. “From what I understand. And it’s not the first time this has happened. Austin Dillon did it at the Xfinity race. I watched it. He did it. Maybe twice. I’m not sure. He definitely did it once. I think he did it twice, so he was ready for it.”
“We’ve all seen it and had conversations about it with our teams beforehand. This was a real playbook play, ‘Hey, if you look like you’re going to be a fifth wide from the outside, blow the corner. You’re going to push the grass anyway.'”
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According to Lugano, Chastain “mocked everyone” by using the access road to avoid the chaos of the first turn. The 2018 Cup Series champion said the Trackhouse Racing driver had the “courage” to make the move and that he finished second in the book.
Another veteran driver weighed after the Cup racing series
Lugano isn’t the only veteran driver who has had some comments about Chastain’s decision to use the access road instead of trying to make Turn 1. Denny Hamlin also spoke about the situation during Appear in “door, bumper, clear,” Saying he had thought that way too.
“I’m glad he did it before I did,” Hamlin said during the August 1 episode. I was thinking about it. I was thinking about it. I had a really good brake point on the access road. I really did. I did. I practically noticed that even when I slowed down the road and then said, ‘Ah, screw it up, I have to go on the access road.’ ‘ I look and admire, ‘I’m already back where I came out. “
Hamlin added that there is a “game” he can have if he really commits to blasting the corner and using only the access road. He didn’t get a chance to test this theory given that Chastain and Austin Dillon both used the access road during the last reboot.
NASCAR officials have detailed the reason for the penalty
Logano and Hamlin both stated that they saw access road as an option during a road track race, especially if it was safer than fighting through the crowd at Turn 1. NASCAR officials expressed a different opinion in the aftermath of the race.
Elton Sawyer, NASCAR Vice President for Administrative and Technical Inspection, Appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on August 2 He made further comments about Chastain’s move and punishment. He said it was “obvious” that Chastain committed a violation at the end of the Verizon 200 Cup Series by entering Turn 1 in fifth and out of the access road alongside Reddick.
“States the right to [the track limit guidelines)] “If you cut too much of the racetrack, there will be a penalty,” Sawyer said. “And if it’s at the end of the race, it’s 30 seconds. All these points, if you will, are well communicated to the industry, to the drivers garage.
“So what happened there at the end there, obviously rebooted and they went into Turn 1 and became four or five wide. Ross, you can go back and look at his optics and you can also look at the data that actually supports him. He didn’t. [decelerate]. Hurry to pass through the runoff area. Again, we’ve made it clear, and we feel like we’ve clarified it really well about what you can and can’t do and what to expect from the track boundaries.”
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