Heading to the last lap at Dover, Martin Truex Jr. He didn’t have a chance to win the race with the leader too far in front, but he wanted to improve his fourth position. Ross Chastain He wouldn’t have won the race either for the same reason, but he wanted to maintain third place and didn’t want to overtake it.
Conflict is born.
In fact, it was brewing as cars #1 and 19 found themselves close to each other during much of the rain-delayed race. In the end, he denied Chastain Truex, who proceeded to crash. After that, the veteran was not happy and faced the driver, who many are considering contending for the championship in 2022, on a pit road.
Ross Chastain and Martin Truex, Jr. fight in Dover
Martin Truex Jr. And Ross Chastain is a running joke throughout most of Dover’s Fox NASCAR broadcast because every time the cameras showed one car, they inevitably showed the other. And the champion of the 2017 Cup and watermelon farms They got plenty of airtime because they ran front for most of the 400 laps around the one-mile track, including the final when they traded the lead.
In the final laps, Chastain ran for third with Truex Jr. Run on his bumper. The Joe Gibbs Racing The driver made one last attempt to overtake the #1 car from the outside during the last lap, but again, the younger driver protected his position and thwarted the #19 attempt.
However, Truex got out this time and slid down the inner wall. He finished twelfth place. Chastain finished third.
Chastain explains what happened and accepts the blame
Once the race was over, the main story was clear Chase Elliot He took his first win of the 2022 season. But second was the last lap crash between Chastain and Truex after the JGR driver visited his younger counterpart on a pit road.
After what appeared to be a heated discussion between the pair for about a minute, including Truex signaling a specific spot on the track, the veteran walked away. Fox’s Jimmy Little met Chastain a few minutes later and asked him specifically about the Truex incident.
“We were talking about where we’re going to go fishing next week,” he joked, before talking about his team’s efforts. After a few minutes with a group of reporters, Chastain gave a different answer when asked what happened on that last lap.
“Race him hard. I jammed him. I should have left him over lane,” he admitted, then joked again about a future fishing date with him.
Truex was in no mood to speak after the race. According to Tal, the driver skipped the garage and left.
Jobs go in opposite directions
Martin Truex Jr. is understandably frustrated. He didn’t win a race this year in the new car. He’s already had a pair of wins at the same stage last year. His future at JGR has been in question and the driver has admitted he will have to make a decision in the coming weeks.
On the contrary, 11 races a season, Ross Chastain and Trackhouse Racing are undoubtedly the story of the year. The sophomore organization saw both cars running well throughout the season, with the first driver taking his first two Cup Series wins in Kuta and Talladega.
The conflict between Chastain and Truex is greater than the two payers. It’s bigger than both of their institutions. It represents a shift in NASCAR and a change of guard of sorts. Younger drivers, including Chastain, William Byron, Kyle Larson and Chassis (Elliott and Brisco) adapted well to the new car and won all but two races this year.
Who are the only two drivers over the age of 30 who won? Truex teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. There is no way not to put more pressure on the 41-year-old driver, who won four times last year in the old car.
It’s definitely a fun time for NASCAR with the transformation and provides some interesting storylines. Who had beef between Martin Truex Jr. And Ross Chastain on their bingo card, the latter being the better of the two?