NASCAR Cup Champion Kyle Larson Tears Ross Chastain’s Video Game Move: “It’s Embarrassing”
Ross Chastain’s incredible move to sneak into the Championship four at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday he did not go well with all his fellow NASCAR colleagues.
Chastain rode the wall to gain momentum and beat Denny Hamlin for fifth place in the Xfinity 500. Hamlin failed to make the championship round and instead, Chastain will join race winner Christopher Bell, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott for the final event at Phoenix next week.
Kyle Larson, last year’s NASCAR Cup champion who failed to enter the round of 16, challenged Chastain’s driving.
“It’s just looking bad,” Larson told reporters via NBC Sports. “I’m embarrassed that I did it in Darlington. Maybe if I didn’t do it last year, people wouldn’t even think about doing it, so I’m embarrassed too and glad I didn’t win that way (in Darlington). It’s not just good looks It’s not good looks … it’s embarrassing.
“I guess I’d ask you guys, what makes it not embarrassing? If you think it’s right, why would you think it’s right?”
Logano admitted he liked Chastain’s move, but he thought it was dangerous.
“As spectacular as it was, as far as it worked, the problem is that now the pits are open, right? Now every Xfinity race, every Truck race, every Cup race, no matter the track, this wall riding will be a game. It’s not okay. It’s not okay, “Logano said.
“I mean, it was great, it was good. It happened for the first time. There is no rule against this. There must be a rule against this because I don’t know if you want the whole field to go to the wall. checkered flag “.
NASCAR said Chastain’s move was within the rules.
The driver credited his video game for the dramatic last lap move.
“Oh, I played a lot of NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube with (younger brother) Chad growing up,” said Chastain. “You can get away with it. I never knew if it would really work.
“I mean, I did it when I was 8. I took fifth gear, asked two on the last lap if we needed it, and we did it. I couldn’t tell who was in the lead. I made the choice. , I grabbed fifth gear down my back. Fully engaged. Basically I let go of the wheel, hoping I didn’t take the turn four entry gate or something crazy. But I was willing to do it. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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