Ross Chastain is taking plenty of heat on social media following his involvement in multiple accidents at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. Fans all across NASCAR appeared to be fed up with some of the antics.
Chastain triggered two crashes that occurred during Sunday’s Quaker State 400. On lap 91, Chastain and Martin Truex Jr. sparked a multi-car accident which also involved Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and Michael McDowell.
That alone,l sparked outrage on Twitter, but Chastain’s questionable driving didn’t end there. On lap 246 from Atlanta, Chastain bumped into Denny Hamlin, spinning him out. After that, the reactions on social media got even more intense:
To much of social media’s chagrin, Chastain ended the Quaker State 400 with a second-place finish.
“I took the best car here and I tore it up a couple times,” Chastain said, per RacingNews.co. “We had a shot. I got inside of (Chase Elliott) coming off turn two and the caution came out. Hope everybody’s alright back there. Awesome job by Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports. I really thought I was going to push him to the win.”
Sunday’s finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway marked Chastain’s 14th top-10 finish in the NASCAR Cup Series this season. He’s a great driver, but hasn’t made many happy on his way to a strong season.
Drivers, Broadcasters Comment on Ross Chastain
The flack thrown Ross Chastain’s way didn’t come only from social media. Driver Austin Dillon and NASCAR broadcaster Jeff Burton also commented on the situation from Sunday in Atlanta.
“When you’ve got guys like (Ross Chastain) wrecking half the field, you might as well take a different strategy,” Dillon told reporters.
“Chastain is gonna have to make a decision on what does he want to do?” Burton said. “He’s gonna have to clean these things up. He’s a professional racecar driver — he’s a winner, he’s a championship contender, he just can’t continue to do these kind of things.
As a top-three driver in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, Chastain has a legitimate shot to win a title. He might agitate a few drivers — and Twitter users — on his way to championship contention, though.