Chase Elliott was suspended done adjacent week’s Cup Series contention astatine World Wide Technology Raceway successful Madison, Illi., aft it was ruled helium purposefully crashed into Denny Hamlin during the Coca-Cola 600 successful Charlotte connected Monday.
Hamlin got his privation arsenic helium was furious with Elliott for hitting his close rear, which forced him into a head-on collision with the wall.
Hamlin said aft the contention that helium believed Elliott intentionally drove into him due to the fact that helium had forced him into the extracurricular partition connected a squeeze.
Denny Hamlin, operator of the #11 Yahoo! Toyota, waits connected the grid anterior to the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race astatine North Wilkesboro Speedway connected May 21, 2023 successful North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
"I got right-rear hooked successful the mediate of the straightaway. It’s a tantrum, and helium shouldn’t beryllium racing adjacent week. Right rear hooks are perfectly unacceptable," Hamlin said.
Hamlin added that Bubba Wallace made the aforesaid maneuver connected Kyle Larson successful a anterior contention past year, which led to the 2 warring connected the track.
NASCAR made the suspension authoritative connected Tuesday, saying Elliott broke the Member Code of Conduct Sections 4.3.A. and 4.4.C and D.
"Drivers request to recognize they person to grip that a implicit antithetic way," NASCAR elder vice president of contention Elton Sawyer said connected SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Denny Hamlin, operator of the #11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota, spins aft an on-track incidental during the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 astatine Charlotte Motor Speedway connected May 29, 2023 successful Concord, North Carolina. (David Jensen/Getty Images)
"We recognize NASCAR’s request to support consistency successful its officiating," Hendrick Motorsports, who Elliott races for, said successful a connection via NASCAR.com. "The punishment volition not beryllium appealed, and we volition taxable a ceremonial petition for a playoff waiver. Corey LaJoie, 31, volition thrust the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this play astatine World Wide Technology Raceway. We are grateful to Corey for stepping successful and to the squad astatine Spire Motorsports for making him available."
Hamlin besides posted connected his Twitter relationship Monday nighttime showing information that helium says proves Elliott turned near into his car connected purpose.
"Removing each doubt. His steering came backmost to the nonstop aforesaid presumption it had antecedently aft we came disconnected the wall. The higher the enactment connected steering the further LEFT it’s going," Hamlin wrote.
Elliott claims it was not an intentional determination to deed Hamlin, saying, "Once you deed the partition successful these things, you can’t thrust them anymore. Just an unfortunate circumstance."
Chase Elliott, operator of the #9 LLumar Throwback Chevrolet, prepares to suffice for the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 astatine Darlington Raceway connected May 13, 2023 successful Darlington, South Carolina. (Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Elliott volition beryllium missing his seventh contention of the season.
Scott Thompson is simply a sports writer for Fox News Digital.