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Stock Car Scoop: Did Chase Briscoe Intentionally Dump Denny Hamlin?

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series was back turning left and right Sunday (Aug. 15) as it made its inaugural trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. And boy, it will be hard to forget their stock car racing debut in a race that turned into a Demolition Derby-style ending down the stretch.

AJ Allmendinger scored his second Cup win but the first for Kaulig Racing, which plans to go full-time Cup racing in 2022. But the story everyone will be talking about this week is Denny Hamlin getting dumped by Chase Briscoe after Briscoe was penalized for cutting the first corner. Who was in the wrong?  Get Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek’s take in the latest edition of Frontstretch‘s Stock Car ScoopBryan and Adam also address the curbing issues that led to a number of late-race wrecks along with how NASCAR should handle their future races with IMS.

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Bryan Nolen is the Podcast Manager for Frontstretch.com. He also hosts the Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen and occasionally makes appearances on The Happy Hour Podcast. He has a Sportscasting degree from the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. He resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two rabbits.

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I hope so. He probably wouldn’t have done it if Hamlin hadn’t run Briscoe onto the grass. It’s not like Hamlin has never done it himself..

Get Real

hamlin should be dumped from racing permanently.

Margaret A Benjamin

Hamlin would do it in a second . He is greedy.


Sure he did, good for him. Denny deserved it. Sure made me smile.

Bill B

I agree, it sure looked intentional to me. Not as bad as the Kenseth/Logano deal at Martinsville but in the same zip code.

That was the only good thing that happened in those last 5 laps and, as everyone else has mentioned, it’s not like Hamlin hasn’t done the same on a few occasions. I also think that rule should be looked at. If it’s OK to go below the yellow line at an RP track if you are forced down there, shouldn’t it be the same if you are forced off the track at a road course?


I don’t really care, because I’m not a fan of either of them, but sure he dumped him. If there was any doubt, all you had to do is hear him lie when they put the mic in his face after the race, saying he just touched Hamblin’s right rear. It was pretty obvious watching the race that he drilled Hamblin dead center, and sent him spinning.

Here’s a big thumbs up for Allmendinger, for a very popular win!

A Different Steve

If I was Briscoe I would have done the same thing. 2 laps to go racing for your first Cup win, who wouldn’t. I don’t think it was malicious though or “payback”. I think it was just racing for his first win. I certainly remember Denny doing the same thing on multiple occasions to get a win, especially early in his career. I think he understood that and handled the aftermath respectably.

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