The driver of the #1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet was under fire again in an accident during a NASCAR event. This time, the critical comments came from Austin Dillon after the nine-car crash at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10.
“It looks like we’ve been a victim of Ross Chastain again,” Dillon said after being discharged from the inpatient facility. “…I told myself we were going to be racing hard all day. It wasn’t one of those things I wanted to ride in the back and be there at the end, but when you have guys like him out there destroying half the field, you might also take a different strategy sometimes” .
Dillon continued to make comments about Chastain after speaking to NBC Sports. He met other members of the media and expressed his frustration with the incident. “It looks like” Chastain is involved in an accident every week and the Trackhouse Racing driver appears to have seen Martin Truex Jr break up before continuing the push, Dillon said.
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Dillon isn’t the only driver to have comments about Chastain. Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin showed their frustration with him at World Wide Technology Raceway while Truex confronted him after a race at Dover Motor Speedway. Eric Almerola also made some angry comments over the radio at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Advances in safety have helped Dillon
The accident occurred at Lap 91 when Truex was running behind Chase Elliott on the outside line. Chastain hit his right rear bumper, turning the number 19 inward. Debris collected by Truex, Chastain, Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain and Kyle Larson.
Dillon’s #3 was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The veteran driver was running from the inside when the wreck began and looked like he would avoid the carnage. However, McDowell’s No. 34 cut off the back of the No. 3 and sent it hard into the wall.
This swipe created fears among racing fans, and Dillon spoke about this during his post-wreck interview. He explained that the effect was not as bad as it seemed from the outside.
As Dillon explained after his in-patient care, he avoided injuries after crashing into a wall and destroying the front of his No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. The main thing he mentioned was his groin area, a similar injury suffered by Xfinity Series driver Brandon Brown after a violent crash in Road America.
Dillon’s odds of making the playoffs plummeted after the wreck
Dillon avoided injury in the violent crash, but his chances in the extension took a heavy hit. He entered the weekend 94 points below the cutting streak with drivers like Eric Jones (-85), Eric Almerola (-47), Kevin Harvick (-20), and Christopher Bell (+20).
Now he will be more behind them after getting out of the race early. These other drivers gained some headway at Dillon after continuing to do rounds around the AMS as he headed to the in-house care center.
Dillon told NBC Sports reporter Kim Coon ahead of the Quaker State 400 that he would be aggressive throughout the race. He knew he needed to get to Victory Lane in order to get his ticket to the playoffs, so he couldn’t waste any time riding in the back of the field.
Dillon started racing in the 13th grade alongside Eric Jones, and spent the first stage outside the top 20. He made his way into the top ten during stage two, and was in a position to make more moves. However, Dillon’s day ended after a hard crash into the wall.
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