There will be no ramifications for Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott after their dust-up at Martinsville Speedway.
Hamlin spun Elliott from the race lead on Lap 498 in the First Data 500. After the checkered flag, Elliott responded by running into Hamlin’s car and the two then exited their respective vehicles to have a heated exchange near the entrance to pit road.
NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio the sanctioning body will not be getting involved.
“Certainly, what Chase was able to do in an attempt to win his first race there, I think you saw by the fans how much he has a fan base and how much everyone wants to see him win,” O’Donnell said, in reference to the cheers for Elliott and boos for Hamlin after the race (video below). “Denny, I think, did in his mind what he needed to do and probably went too far,” O’Donnell added. “We did not make a call there. That race stands.
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“We’re not in the business of calling an in-race penalty post-race. That was good hard racing, for the most part, all day at Martinsville. I think Denny might have crossed the line as he put out there on Twitter. I thought Chase handled himself very well post-race. Showed some passion.
“That’s what the sport is all about. He’s got a long career ahead of him. I think he’ll be up front leading many times.”
Later apologizing on Twitter for the contact, Hamlin insisted it was not intentional as he tried to win his way to the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, Elliott was not buying his explanation as he again saw a potential first career win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series disappear.
Both Hamlin and Elliott go to Texas this weekend outside of a transfer spot.