In an interview on Tuesday morning, on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s present “The Morning Drive,” NASCAR’s chief working officer, Steve O’Donnell, made clear Chastain’s transfer was “inside the guidelines.”
Determined to make up positions on the ultimate lap of Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway, Chastain entered Flip three full-throttle and intentionally drove into the SAFER barrier to rim-ride Turns three and four.
He was shockingly profitable – vastly rising his velocity and incomes 5 positions in two turns which allowed him to edge Denny Hamlin for the ultimate spot within the Championship four this weekend at Phoenix.
Whereas the right-side of Chastain’s #1 Chevrolet suffered some harm it didn’t even appear to be it had been in a serious accident.
His ultimate lap was timed at 18.845 seconds. The quickest earlier lap within the race was set on Lap 7 of 500 by Kyle Larson (20.508 seconds).
The transfer has really been tried earlier than in NASCAR competitors – most lately by Larson towards Hamlin at Darlington in September 2021 – however by no means efficiently.
“As with something you see for a primary time, you’ve bought to have a look. We’ve had quite a lot of discussions internally about that transfer and what-ifs,” O’Donnell mentioned.
Ross Chastain, TrackHouse Racing, Moose Fraternity Chevrolet Camaro launches his automobile into the wall to hurry round Flip four to move Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Freight Direct Toyota Camry
Picture by: Lesley Ann Miller / Motorsport Images
“That’s inside the guidelines, and imagine that’s the place we’ll be for Phoenix, as effectively, after which one thing we are able to consider within the low season.”
A viral second
The transfer has garnered consideration – each reward and criticism – from followers, rivals and even rivals in different sports activities.
A number of drivers after the race congratulated Chastain on its ingenuity however hoped NASCAR would outlaw the apply for concern drivers would use it at Phoenix this weekend or sooner or later.
That won’t be the case no less than for now.
“At this level in taking a look at it, it was a transfer inside the bounds of the rule ebook,” O’Donnell mentioned, “and (we) actually don’t suppose it’s proper to regulate the principles when for 35 factors races we’ve been a method and throw a wrinkle in it for the 36th.”