“Tyler Took Advantage of the Wreck”- Ross Chastain on Bizarre Retaliation on 23XI Driver After the Clash Ended

Published 02/04/2024, 3:28 PM EST

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The 2024 season is well on the way for NASCAR. The Busch Light Clash was the warm-up for a grand season but was still not short of internal clashes and grudges. We saw Ross Chastain turning into Tyler Reddick, retaliating for the 23XI Racing driver’s antics on the track. After the incident, we got to hear their views about the brief tussle.

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Ross Chastain also locked horns with Michael McDowell after the Clash. They came face-to-face at lap 140. McDowell spun around turn 3 and Chastain slammed against the outside wall before rebounding on track. Following the event, both racers did not shy away from using strong words for each other, quite like the situation with Chastain and Reddick.

Ross Chastain minces no words about his clash with Tyler Reddick

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Chastain was confident when he spoke to the media after the Busch Light Clash. When asked about what had happened between the two of them after the race, Chastain said, “Yeah, I felt like, when that last wreck happened, he just drove through us, so…yeah. I mean, everybody reined in everybody.”

He further added, “I just felt like at the end, Tyler took advantage of the wreck ahead, and pushed his way through.”

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On being asked if he wanted to send a message to Tyler Reddick, Chastain responded, “Me and Tyler are buddies. I can’t wait to, uh, get back on the bike with him or something and um, see how strong he’s gotten in the off-season.”

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The interviewer also approached Tyler Reddick about his take on the situation. “Yeah, they all wrecked in turn 3,” said the 23XI Racing driver. “I mean, I ran him in the back at the beginning of the corner, so I wonder if that’s what he’s mad about. But after that, like cars from the bottom just came in and cleaned all of us out. So, I don’t know which part of it he’s mad about. I knew he was upset. I’m just not sure which one it is, so. I guess I’ve to talk to him about it.”

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Even by Chastain’s standards, the first race seems a little too early to get into the bad books of his fellow racers. With the whole season ahead of us, could this tussle come back to bite the Trackhouse Racing driver?

Chastain holds high hopes for the meat of the 2024 season

Although Chastain already clashed with fellow racers at the Clash, let us see how the bigger races of 2024 pan out for him. Driving #1 for Trackhouse Racing, he has an air of confidence about the 2024 season. Speaking about his team’s prospects this season with Bob Pockrass, he said, “Don’t need many words. I know my group, I know our processes. As we continue to evolve, we’ve sustained a second year and we’re playing on our third. All we ask for is a chance to contend, a chance to go and compete. As long as we have a chance, I do.”

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Before the 2024 season flagged off, Chastain tied up with some interesting commitments. He signed a partnership with Busch Light, the beer company that has supported some of the best drivers in US history. The Melon Man also starred in Netflix’s new docudrama: NASCAR: Full Speed.

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Sumedha Mukherjee

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Sumedha Mukherjee is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports who is known for her in-depth track analysis as well as her lifestyle coverage of Cup drivers like Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. Inspired by the Kiwi's journey so far, Sumedha has also written pieces on Shane Van Gisbergen, predicting how the Supercars Champion would do in the new and unfamiliar American setting. Pairing her research skills with her vast experience as a writer, Sumedha creates stories her readers can easily get lost in.
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Ranvijay Singh

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