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Stock Car Scoop: Will Drivers’ Frustration With Ross Chastain at Atlanta Haunt Him Later in 2022?

In the NASCAR Cup Series’ return to Atlanta Motor Speedway, the new superspeedway configuration of the track displayed competitive racing, a hometown winner and some controversial moves that left drivers with flared tempers.

From the multiple drivers who took issue with Ross Chastain‘s actions to a late block from Chase Elliott that sent potential underdog winner Corey LaJoie crashing, Adam Cheek and Stephen Stumpf break down the second-ever superspeedway race at the 1.5-mile track. The duo also discusses how successful the reconfiguration has been.

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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So Chastain’s aggressive driving is a problem but Hamlin’s isn’t? Pot meet Kettle!

Sally Baker

Nor Austin Dillons’? Using the bump/wreck and run is not unusual for either of these drivers.

Hung Lo

I thought Hamlin did the same thing to Chastain an hour or two earlier? What was the difference?

Tom B

The media won’t let up on Chastain.


Atlanta used to be one of the best driver tracks now its follow the leader,,, We already have Daytona and Talladega we dont need another restrictor plate track ,,,,Every year they do something to change a good thing for the worse,,,Now they are talking about a street course race in Chicago for next year ,,,If they want to add anything put a short track back on the schedule ,,,,Lets get back to the racing that made NASCAR popular….

Nascar junkie

The short tracks are the most fun to watch ..somethings always happening


personally i wish they would just wreck Chastain and get it over with. Sick of hearing everybody in the media and broadcast booth talking about it every week

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