Chase Elliott was suspended via subsequent week’s Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illi., after it was dominated he purposefully crashed into Denny Hamlin through the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on Monday.
Hamlin obtained his want as he was livid with Elliott for hitting his proper rear, which compelled him right into a head-on collision with the wall.
Hamlin mentioned after the race that he believed Elliott deliberately drove into him as a result of he had compelled him into the skin wall on a squeeze.
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“I got right-rear hooked in the middle of the straightaway. It’s a tantrum, and he shouldn’t be racing next week. Right rear hooks are absolutely unacceptable,” Hamlin mentioned.
Hamlin added that Bubba Wallace made the identical maneuver on Kyle Larson in a previous race final yr, which led to the 2 preventing on the monitor.
DENNY HAMLIN SAYS CHASE ELLIOTT ‘SHOULDN’T BE RACING’ AFTER ‘UNACCEPTABLE’ MOVE AT COCA-COLA 600
NASCAR made the suspension official on Tuesday, saying Elliott broke the Member Code of Conduct Sections 4.3.A. and 4.4.C and D.
“Drivers need to understand they have to handle that a complete different way,” NASCAR senior vice chairman of competitors Elton Sawyer mentioned on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
“We understand NASCAR’s need to maintain consistency in its officiating,” Hendrick Motorsports, who Elliott races for, mentioned in an announcement through NASCAR.com. “The penalty will not be appealed, and we will submit a formal request for a playoff waiver. Corey LaJoie, 31, will drive the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. We are grateful to Corey for stepping in and to the team at Spire Motorsports for making him available.”
Hamlin additionally posted on his Twitter account Monday night time exhibiting knowledge that he says proves Elliott turned left into his automotive on goal.
“Removing all doubt. His steering came back to the exact same position it had previously after we came off the wall. The higher the line on steering the further LEFT it’s going,” Hamlin wrote.
Elliott claims it was not an intentional transfer to hit Hamlin, saying, “Once you hit the wall in these things, you can’t drive them anymore. Just an unfortunate circumstance.”
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Elliott shall be lacking his seventh race of the season.