“Look on [Ross] Chastain’s Face”: Dale Earnhardt Jr Admits He Enjoys the New Face of NASCAR Memes

Published 04/09/2023, 2:16 AM EDT

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NASCAR gives its fans a fair share of drama and entertainment. And the last week’s race in Richmond Raceway is a testament to that.

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Kyle Busch may have started a trend when he mocked Chastain by saying “We got Chastained this week,” after the race at Richmond Raceway last season. Last Sunday at the same track, Christopher Bell wrecked Hendrick Motorsports’ #24 driver William Byron. Later in a post-race interview, Bell held Ross Chastain accountable, calling him a “wrecking ball.

However, many in the NASCAR community certainly did not side with him, and recently, the Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr came up in support of the #1 Trackhouse Racing driver.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr defends Ross Chastain’s new narrative

In the latest episode of The Dale Jr. Download podcast, Junior and his long-time friend and associate Mike Davis discussed last week’s incident in Richmond that has caused a lot of commotion.

During a pre-race interview in Richmond, Kyle Busch, perhaps with a touch of sarcasm, had suggested that Chastain needed glasses. Post that, veteran journalist Bob Pockrass pushed Chatain to respond to Busch’s comments. To this, the 30-year-old responded that Busch should “mention that to me personally.” Later, Chastain had a similar response to Bell’s comments.

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This was a topic of discussion in the podcast, when Davis claimed that he had studied Chastain during these accusations. Junior said, “But look on Chastain’s face. Every time he gets one of these questions every week.”

Davis added, He goes, ‘I didn’t touch him [Byron]. I didn’t touch Christopher, he wrecked it.’ Christopher Bell wrecks Byron and then Chastain gets called the wrecking ball!”

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Further, Junior added, “I think Chastain’s got a new narrative that I really like. He’s like, and I hope he gets this thing going, he’s like, you know, ‘it’s funny these guys saying all things when I see ’em and they don’t say it to my face.’  

I love that. I want him to keep that one going.” 

Should Ross Chastain really take the fall for what happened in Richmond?

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As always, last week’s race in Richmond was quite eventful, but unfortunately, the Trackhouse Racing driver was blamed for yet another wreck! This time it was Bell who accused Chastain. However, many fans later came up to support “The Watermelon Man,” as this time, he is not the one to blame.

In an effort to gain momentum in the race, the #20 Toyota Camry driver in the second row tried to move forward and push into an already thin line. This resulted in him bumping Byron’s racecar in the front thus causing him to lose control of the car and slam into the outer wall.

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While both Bell and Chastain finished the race in the top 5, a frustrated Byron could only manage the 24th spot. However, the general consensus says that Chastain shouldn’t have been accused of this.

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