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Stock Car Scoop: Was Ross Chastain’s Last Lap Move Fair or Foul?

After uncertainty surrounding the NASCAR Cup Series’ penultimate race at Martinsville Speedway, it delivered with a historic last-lap move by Ross Chastain to earn his way into the Championship 4.

Bryan Nolen and Jared Haas break down the race at the paperclip-shaped oval and discuss if the move by Chastain was fair or foul. After touching on Christopher Bell’s thrilling victory, they also discuss the move Ty Gibbs made on his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race the day before. Should Gibbs have been penalized for his transgression?

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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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Tom B

Once again NASCAR has screwed up.
The yellow flag should of waved and the field should of been frozen when seeing the #1 car running into the wall, looking like the throttle was stuck wide open. Where is the concern for safety?
Joe Gibbs Racing should protest and have Denny Hamlin be part of the Championship 4 race in Phoenix.


After seeing Hamlin/Gabehart throw their crew under the bus in September and swap crews with the 18 team after Busch was eliminated, I thought it poetic justice that slow pit work caused the 11 a chance at a championship. Hamlin was kind to them, but Gabehart threw them so far under the bus. There was nothing illegal (yet) about what Chastain did…and in the process he ran a lap faster than the Cup track record.

Steve R

screw hamlin,

Carl D.

If they’d done that, the only fans left of NASCAR would all be Denny Hamlin fans. It really wasn’t that dangerous either, considering that this is NASCAR’s slowest oval. Sounds like the last half of your last sentence is what matters to you. Good luck, and don’t hold your breath.

Tom B

My whole post was tongue in cheek and sarcasm as usual.

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