NASCAR suspended driver Chase Elliott for one race on Tuesday, citing his involvement in a collision with Denny Hamlin during Monday’s Coca-Cola 600. According to authorities, Elliott’s actions when he made contact with Hamlin were deliberate.
The collision happened as Elliott and Hamlin were side-by-side as they approached the turn on Lap 186 of their race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As they approached the summit, Hamlin put pressure on Elliott, causing him to brush up against the wall. Elliott swerved to the left in his Chevrolet (No. 9) and collided with the back of Hamlin’s Toyota (No. 11), sending Hamlin headfirst into the outer wall. As a result, Hamlin spun out and came to a halt in the grass.
After NASCAR imposed the ban for one race on Chase Elliot, several internet users fumed and criticized the move from NASCAR. Many accused it of Denny Hamlin. Twitter users took to the platform to express their anger, as they heavily trolled Denny Hamlin after the suspension.
One user taking a dig at Hamlin wrote, “Dude are you serious? He’s the most popular driver in the sport. I don’t foresee that changing over wrecking the most hated guy in the sport. Nobody likes Denny Hamlin that I know of. Guy gets booed at FedEx Christmas parties.”
Another user accused NASCAR of favoring Hamlin tweeted, “Chase Elliott gets a one race suspension by @NASCAR for wrecking Denny Hamlin suspension. Hamlin admitted that he had intentionally wrecking Ross Chastain yet NASCAR only ducted 25 points and 50,000 dollar fine.. yeah NASCAR is not one sided or double standard.”
After suspension, Elliott will be skipping the upcoming Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Sunday. This will mark the seventh race of the season that he has been unable to participate in.
Hendrick Motorsports after the suspension of their driver Chase Elliot in a statement said, “Corey LaJoie, 31, will drive the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. We are grateful to Corey for stepping in and to the team at Spire Motorsports for making him available”.