NASCAR Driver-Owner BJ McLeod Absolves Feuding Trio Ross Chastain-Denny Hamlin-Chase Elliott of Ruining His Race

Published 06/06/2022, 5:30 AM EDT
KANSAS CITY, KS – OCTOBER 15: BJ McLeod, driver of the #78 Batteries Plus Bulbs Ford, stands on the grid prior to qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 15, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Without a doubt, the story of the Cup Series race at WWT Raceway was the run of incidents between Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Chase Elliott. However, unfortunately, one other driver, BJ McLeod, got in the middle of this whole ordeal during the race.

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Chastain had sent Elliott’s #9 into McLeod’s #78 in Turn 1.

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And although the unsaid theme of the race was surely, ‘You do something to me, I’ll pay you back,’ McLeod looked at it from a completely different lens than Elliott and Hamlin.

“It’s over. We move on to the next race,” he said about a possible confrontation with any of the drivers involved that affected his race.

“The #9 and the #1 are beating into one another, side by side, hitting the brakes in the middle of the straightway and I just ended up in the middle of it,” McLeod explained the incident. He added while there was no damage to his car, this whole ordeal did cost them some time on the track.

As for whether he wants to have a chat with any of the other drivers, McLeod said, “We settled it. It is what it is.”

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While during the race it didn’t seem like Ross Chastain was aware of what he was doing, after the race, the whole narrative changed. Not only was the Trackhouse Racing driver apologetic, he took full responsibility for his actions.

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“Just terrible driving,” Chastain told FOX Sports. “It’s one thing to do it once, but I just kept driving into guys and at this level, I’m supposed to be better than that.”

May 22, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) races during the All-Star race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

However, Denny Hamlin suggested that it will come back around him, as it has for everyone else, because that’s simply the way one learns. “We all have learned the hard way, and we’ve all had to have it come back around on us,” he said.

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“It’ll be no different.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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