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By now, Joey Gase has probably been bombarded with phone calls from NASCAR authorities for his unruly emotions. Late in the Xfinity race at Richmond Raceway, Gase’s car collided with the outside wall. He came sliding into turn one, and it led to his rear bumper getting torn out of the car. The 22-year-old JD Motorsports driver, Dawson Cram, was responsible for the incident. A frustrated Joey Gase displayed his emotions in ways one could have never predicted.

Gase’s aim was so precise that the bumper struck the windshield of Cram’s car. As of now, the number of people angered by his actions remains uncertain, but Chandler Smith is certainly not one of them. The race-winning Joe Gibbs Racing driver comes to Joey Gase’s rescue in a post-race interview.

Chandler Smith clears Joey Gase of penalizations

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Busy with acquiring the top spot, Smith missed out on this hilarious on-field drama. After the race, he saw it in the media center and refused to put any sort of blame on Gase. Smith mentioned that he is not a big fan of imposing fines on every little aspect. This was, however, not the case a few years ago. Over the past few years, NASCAR has indeed undergone changes, and its regulations have become more stringent.

“I may get bashed for saying this, but I am all for letting drivers show their emotions and letting them have at it. What 10-15 years ago them jokers were fighting on pit road and there wasn’t fines. I’ll probably get a fine for saying this right now. So, I like that, fans love it too,” said Chandler Smith after the race.

Chandler Smith took a dig at NASCAR by saying that he’d be fined for even expressing his views regarding this issue. With things taking an interesting turn, all eyes are on NASCAR to find out what measures they take with Gase. According to broadcaster Jonathan Fjeld, Xfinity Rulebook Section 8.3.5. is relevant here. It specifies what a driver can or can’t do after they get out of the car following an incident.

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Joey Gase’s frustration prevailed after the race as well

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As a result of the collision, Gase remained in the DNF position, while Cram ended up at P25 with his #4 Chevy Camaro. Joey Gase did not stop at just the throw; he took to this X account and threw a massive shade at Cram. He shared the picture of his broken car and captioned it, Thanks @dawsoncram41, hope you appreciate your souvenir.” 

On the other hand, Dawson Cram, who currently competes for JD Motorsports, has a history with Emerling-Gase Motorsports. This team was originally co-owned by Joey Gase and Patrick Emerling, who joined forces in 2021. However, in the current year, Emerling parted ways with Gase’s team, resulting in the team being renamed Joey Gase Motorsports.

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Eventually, there has been speculation regarding whether Joey Gase’s action was truly necessary. While it’s understandable that emotions can run high in intense racing situations, the scene was indeed quite disturbing. It could have seriously injured Cram or other drivers passing by. Let’s hope the authorities take strict measures to prevent this kind of action.

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