The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was battling up across the top-five late within the race when Chastain got here up the monitor and made contact with the left-rear of the #11 automobile, sending Hamlin spinning.
Chastain went on to put second, very practically taking the lead from Chase Elliott earlier than the race-ending warning. Hamlin, who sustained much more harm in a later wreck, completed 25th.
The 2 drivers had a run-in at Gateway final month when Chastain put Hamlin within the wall early within the race.
Hamlin induced bother for the Trackhouse Racing driver for the rest of the occasion, making issues very troublesome for him each time Hamlin’s wounded automobile was being lapped. He later vowed to retaliate.
Hamlin has hinted at paying again Chastain through the playoffs, and the 2 drivers have raced round one another with out main points since Gateway. Nevertheless, that modified this at Atlanta when Chastian despatched Hamlin spinning.
After the race, Hamlin didn’t have a lot to say relating to the incident, however was clear that he has no intentions of letting it go.
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Coca-Cola Toyota Camry and Ross Chastain, TrackHouse Racing, Jockey Chevrolet Camaro
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“We had been in actually good place and we had been about to be away from the 1 (Chastain) and be in third within the exterior line,” mentioned Hamlin.
“I used to be actually pleased with the place I used to be at for certain. I feel the 1 most likely sensed that we had been about to clear him so he chased us up there and received into us.”
He then added: “Everybody has totally different tolerance ranges and as you all know, I’ve reached my peak.”
Chastain says the contact was unintended and whereas apologetic, he felt that the incident was not as unhealthy in comparison with the duo’s skirmish at Gateway.
Following their Atlanta collision, Chastain went on to say that he merely overestimated the grip he would have beneath Hamlin.
“I don’t put this one anyplace close to the opposite incidents,” he mentioned.